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How To Make Your Own Gin

Updated: Sep 10, 2022

Have you ever wanted to make your own gin? Maybe you have a great idea for a new flavoured gin but you don't know where to start? Hopefully in this blog we will be able to help and with Sen5es range of fantastic glass bottles we have the perfect packaging to accompany any gin!


The gin industry is booming in the UK at the moment. With loads of new distilleries offering new and exciting gins. So why not have a go yourself and see what you can create.


Our wide range of glass spirit bottles are perfect for storing home made gin in. They are also perfect to sell gin in! But you will have to be a registered distillery for that second option!


The best bottles for the job will be either our 700ml polo bottle or our even our 700ml nocturne bottle. Both of these bottles are just a part of Sen5es amazing range of glass bottles. So be sure to head over to our online shop to check out the rest of our collection.


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What is Gin?


Gin is essentially a neutral spirit which is flavoured with botanicals. The only real rule you need to follow for it to be called gin is that juniper is the main botanical and it's at least 37.5% ABV.


Most commercial distilleries extract their flavours from botanicals using distillation methods. This is usually done by using copper stills and other expensive equipment.


However there is another way you can do it at home. Simply steep the botanicals you have chosen in the base spirit. Just like you would with tea in water. The technical name for this is compound gin. So that's what we will be making today.


Our range of 700ml glass spirit bottles

Ingredients

  • 750ml Plain good quality Vodka

  • 2 tbsp Juniper Berries

  • 1 tsp Coriander Seeds

  • 3 Cardamom Pods

  • 2 Peppercorns

  • 1 Small Piece of Lemon peel (dried and without pith)


Equipment

  • 2 good quality glass spirit bottle. Like our 700ml Polo bottle

  • A stainless steel funnel

  • Sieve

  • Muslin or coffee filter


Image by Sasa Stankovic from Pixabay
Try adding fresh herbs to your gin and tonic.

Method

  1. Start by sterilising your chosen glass bottles. We've written a blog with a few handy sterilisation methods.

  2. Add all your botanicals to your bottle once it's dry. Don't add the lemon peel just yet!

  3. Use your funnel to fill your bottle with your vodka.

  4. Put the cork in and allow to infuse/steep in a cool dark place for 24 hours.

  5. Have a taste of your gin on it's first stage of it's journey. You should be able to taste the infused botanicals. Add your lemon peel and any other botanicals or fruit peels you want to experiment with.

  6. Put the cork back in and place back in your cool dark place for another 24 hours.

  7. The next step is to use your sieve and muslin cloth to filter out all of those botanicals. Decant from one bottle to the other via your strainer and funnel.

  8. Now you have your very own gin. You can even create your own label for it.



What do you think? Will you be making your own gin? What botanicals will you be adding to your concoction? The fun of making your own gin, or anything else at home is experimenting and trying new things.


If you do decide to make your own gin. We'd love to see it. Especially if it's in a fabulous Sen5es bottle! Make sure you tag us in any social media posts and follow us for more updates! You follow us on Instagram and Facebook. Use the hashtag #sen5esbottles for all your pics! We love seeing our products in the wild!


All the best


The team at Sen5es

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