Make Your Own ~ Gin

When you are homesteading, it’s important to know how to make your own things. Ron and I will be discussing things we are making or will learn to make as we explore homesteading. Why not start with a fun one?! Gin!

Gin is easy to make and you can adjust it to your tastes. Well, if you don’t like it in the first place, you don’t need to know how to make it. There are many combinations of ingredients you can use. Just Google recipes for making gin. Once you happen on one you like, make sure to write down what you did because after a few drinks, you forget. : ) Here are the simple directions for the one I like best.

  1. Purchase a bottle of vodka. Because you are going to adjust the taste, it doesn’t matter how good the vodka is.
  2. 2 Tbsp of juniper berries (I smash mine in a mortar and pestal.)
  3. 3 tsp orange or lemon peel (You can also use both.) You can dry your own citrus peels to use.
  4. Put all ingredients into a jar or bottle.
  5. Pour in vodka until it reaches the top of the container. The size of the jar will depend on how strong you want the flavoring.
  6. Shake the vodka and ingredients.
  7. Place in a cool, dark place.
  8. Let it combine for 24 hours–don’t steep longer than that.
  9. Shake intermittently.
  10. Strain the gin to remove the ingredients.
  11. Mix with your favorite combinations (I use lemon/lime water from my Soda Stream and a wedge of lime.)
  12. Enjoy!

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