Last night I tried my homemade compound gin. Basically, you just flavor vodka. The only requirement to make it “gin” is a neutral base spirit with a 37.5% ABV and juniper as the dominant botanical.
I followed the recipe here.
I didn’t follow the instructions exactly. Glad I didn’t.
To recap the ingredients.
750ml Vodka (I used cheap stuff, because I’m cheap)
2TBL Juniper Berries
1 tsp Coriander Seeds
2 Cardamom pods
Half a cinnamon stick
dried peel slice of lemon and orange
In the recipe at the link, you put it all together (expect the peels) for 24 hours. Taste. Add the peels and any botanical boost you want. Let sit another 24 hours.
Instead, I let the vodka and juniper berries sit for 24 hours and then added the rest for 12 hours.
It came out OK. Not great. The reason it was OK was because it actually had a pretty strong cinnamon flavor. The first time I made it I didn’t use cinnamon. I might try again and use 1/4 stick. Maybe I just had some high power cinnamon, but it was real noticeable in the gin.
I will try again. This time I’m going to pay more attention. I’m going to taste the juniper and vodka mix before I add anything else. I might add more juniper to get more of that taste. Meantime, I need to find some gin cocktail with cinnamon in it and make that drink but leave out the added cinnamon. Nah, I’ll just power through the remaining and get to work on my next batch.
I did see another recipe that was supposed to approximate Bombay Sapphire. It had a ton of botanicals, but what I liked was it had ratios of strong/weak botanicals. I might just use that as base ratios and try different ones. Maybe split the 750 into two mason jars and make two different batches. Or buy two bottles and make four mason jars! Or…….