Gin is a neutral spirit that has gone through a second distillation of botanicals, predominantly juniper. The word gin is derived from genièvre (French) and jenever (Dutch), which means juniper, this essentially makes gin a juniper flavoured vodka. If I've blown your mind, good – you've taken your first step into the rabbit hole.
Whereas it is illegal to distil spirits in the UK without a license there’s nothing stopping you infusing a spirit to make your own bespoke gin. So where to start, that is the question?
I left this to infuse for around 24 hours and the spirit was left with a pleasing slight gold colour. So how did it taste? The gin had a nice peppery kick with a mild juniper taste and works very well in the traditional gin and tonic. Next time I think I would add more juniper and lime peel and perhaps some elderflower to give it a more sweet edge. This is certainly a work in progress and I will continue to refine the recipe.
Why not have a go yourself and let me know how you get on!