1. Macerate the juniper
The base for your gin is a neutral alcohol. We recommend a good vodka. This is distilled from wheat, just like the alcohol for conventional gin production. The most important and characteristic ingredient for gin is juniper berries. These should steep in the gin base for at least 12 hours.
This process is called maceration - it's the cold immersion of substances such as herbs in a liquid. If you press the berries lightly beforehand, more aroma will be released into the alcohol.
2. Select Your Botanicals
After 24 hours, you can give the gin your own individual touch by adding your favourite spices. Macerate this spice blend for another 24 hours and then filter it. Now you're ready to taste! To allow the flavours to develop better, you can leave the gin open in the fridge for another 12 hours. As your gin is not distilled, it will retain its characteristic colour. As a suggestion and so that you have an idea of the quantities, we have included three recipes in the gin set. You can add flavours from your own kitchen - for example basil, rosemary, fennel, chilli, lemon zest, ginger. Be creative and enjoy your own personalised gin!
3. Sign the batch and enjoy it!
Inscribe your individual recipe on the label and sign your own batch.
1. Fill a glass to the top with ice. Some people suggest using little ice in order to dilute the drink less - this is a fallacy. Using plenty of ice will retain more cold and it will melt more slowly. Large ice cubes work well, look pretty and keep your drink cool for a long time.
2. Remove the zest from a lemon. The peel contains many wonderfully fresh-smelling citrus flavours. Put the lemon peel in a glass and stir it around so that the aromas can develop in the glass. You can also use other citrus fruits such as limes, oranges or yuzu. Please make sure to use organic fruits without sprayed peel to avoid unhealthy pesticides. In addition, sprayed peel does not taste good - it is bitter!
3. Pour your Do Your Gin recipe into the glass - letting it flow over the ice cubes and the peel. This way your gin will pick up more citrus flavours.
4. Fill the glass with the tonic of your choice. A good mixing ratio between gin and tonic is 1:3 - you can vary depending on the strength you want to drink and the time of day. If you need any recipe ideas or have any suggestions, we'd love to hear from you!