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Making flavoured gin

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ThinksTwice Thu 09-Aug-18 17:58:30


I'm interested in making some flavoured gin this year. Does anyone have any ideas or lovely recipes please?

I like the idea of sloe gin but it's too early isn't it to pick sloe berries?

I also love grapefruit!

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Hellywelly10 Thu 09-Aug-18 18:05:08

I made rhubarb gin which was lovely, takes a month to brew. Currently ive got some blackberry gin on the go but it wont be ready for 4 months!

gamerchick Thu 09-Aug-18 18:09:30

Isn't it illegal to make spirits?

(Genuine question as the husband makes all sorts and I'm not entirely comfortable with it) would love to have it confirmed.

SpongeBobJudgeyPants Thu 09-Aug-18 18:12:34

I think you buy gin, then flavour it Gamer, so no distilling involved.

gamerchick Thu 09-Aug-18 18:14:15

Ok, thankyou.

RobinEggs Thu 09-Aug-18 18:15:13

I fill a bottle with sloes then pour in sugar filling the gaps about halfway up. Then pour gin over the rest to the top. Turn it every week or so and it’s ready at Christmas. Very vague measurements but it’s always pretty good! I’m in south Devon and sloes look to be ready in the next couple of weeks.

ThinksTwice Thu 09-Aug-18 18:37:54

I know the whereabouts of some sloes near my work (colleague told me) but what do they look like when ready to be picked?

Rhubarb gin sounds interesting!

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Hellywelly10 Thu 09-Aug-18 20:07:33

Its yummy. Good luck with the sloes, ive no idea where to find them.

VelociraptorRex Thu 09-Aug-18 20:23:55

Rhubarb gin is lush, I make it with fresh ginger in too. I've made blackberry, I found it very sweet though. My current favourite is pink grapefruit - peel 3 red or pink grapefruit with a potato peeler (so you get strips of peel) and put the peel in the jar, with the juice from said grapefruit, a good amount of sugar and then top the rest up with gin and leave for a couple of months! (I should add that I make it in massive Kilner jars, so it makes 2-3 litres at a time). It's almost too easy to drink!

VelociraptorRex Thu 09-Aug-18 20:25:20

Best place for sloes is in a hedge that gets plenty of sun - if you have any country lanes near you worth a look as roadsides are perfect, watch out for the thorns though!

BIWI Thu 09-Aug-18 20:30:35

DH has been making rhubarb gin recently - and it's really easy.

Buy 1.5 litre bottle of gin. Supermarket ordinary gin is fine. Pour gin into glass or plastic bowl, and add a packet of rhubarb that's been chopped into 1 cm dice.

Leave for 3-4 days and then strain back into the gin bottle.

That's it!

It's lovely, served either with tonic or with ginger ale

VelociraptorRex Thu 09-Aug-18 20:41:44

Ooh yes should have said I just use cheap supermarket gin!

AmandaAndMichael Thu 09-Aug-18 20:44:29

How do you make the blackberry gin? It sounds like a nice idea for Christmas gifts.

AveABanana Thu 09-Aug-18 20:50:34

Blackberry gin is lush. Lots of different recipes online.

There's always dishwasher vodka - obviously you can substitute gin for vodka.

VelociraptorRex Thu 09-Aug-18 20:51:02

@AmandaAndMichael same way as the others - half fill your jar with blackberries, add a bit of sugar (not too much, blackberries are nice and sweet), and fill the rest of the jar with gin. Leave for a month (or longer, it gets better the longer you leave it), then strain it into bottles and let it settle before drinking it smile

captainpantbeard Thu 09-Aug-18 20:51:37

@hellywelly10 I’m making blackberry gin but the recipes (I have 2) say 4-6 weeks. I’ve never done it before, will it be ok??

VelociraptorRex Thu 09-Aug-18 20:51:46

@AveABanana what's dishwasher vodka? (I have some awful mental images now confused)

captainpantbeard Thu 09-Aug-18 20:53:31

Amanda my recipes are 300g berries, 200g sugar, 750ml gin. Shake every day for a few days to dissolve sugar, leave 4-6 weeks

cloudtree Thu 09-Aug-18 20:56:22

Hmm, I made rhubarb gin in the way most of you are describing and you couldn't really taste the rhubarb even though I left it for a good few months.

Hellywelly10 Thu 09-Aug-18 20:59:48

Ive never done it either captain. The rhubarb gin recipie i followed was fine after a month. So im not quite sure why it will take three months with blackberrys????? Im gonna have to taste mine after a month just to be sure.

werekitty Thu 09-Aug-18 21:00:34

Raspberry gin or vodka is delicious

BertrandRussell Thu 09-Aug-18 21:02:35

There was a recipe for mange tous infused gin in the Guardian last Saturday. I'll see if I can find it.

userxx Thu 09-Aug-18 21:06:31

@VelociraptorRex Me too 😬. I'm imagining drinking through a straw out of the washing up bowl.

AveABanana Thu 09-Aug-18 21:08:45

TitsalinaBumSquash Thu 09-Aug-18 21:16:42

I made Clementine, Bay and Black Pepper Gin last year, it was lush!

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