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Bathtub Gin

Bathtub Gin

I’d been reading in a few places that you can make your own gin from Vodka. Cost-wise it’s not that different, by the time you’ve bought Vodka and all the ingredients you might as well just go out and buy some. I, however, wanted to have a little bit of fun.

I tried to make gins that were similar to the gins I like – very aromatic. I’m usually a big fan of brands such as Gin Mare (Mediterranean), Ophir (Oriental), Bloom (Floral) and Silent Pool. 

To do this I needed to dry out some of the ingredients, you can see how I did this here: (will post this lter) . Bear in mind that I only used 35cl bottles of vodka as I wanted to try out different flavours. To make a 70 cl bottle, just double the quantities.

Ingredients (all should be in a dried form, other than the vodka, obviously!):

Mediterranean Gin

35ml vodka
2 sprigs rosemary
2 sprigs lemon thyme
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp juniper
5 dried olives
a thumb-sizedĀ length of lemon peel

Oriental Gin

oriental ingredients

35ml vodka
1 tbsp juniper
1 thumb-sized length dried lime
1 thumb-sized length dried lemon
2 cardamom pods 
1tsp coriander seeds 
2 peppercorns


It’s as simple as adding the dried ingredients to the vodka bottle. Note that you might want to pour away some of the vodka first or it might not fit. Or just pour it into a glass and add your favourite mixer šŸ˜‰

Next, leave ingredients to infuse for 24-48 hrs depending on how flavorful you want it. Then sieve it into another recipient, or use a coffee filter. Pour it back into the bottle.

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