For this confession, I’m pretty sure that I could be thrown out of the blogging world. Me & Gin, we’re not really friends. I’ve never really been able to warm to the tart, spicy, flavour profile of most gins, and don’t get along with tonic water. There, I said it. I’ve even spent several evenings (a rather wet afternoon at Kew and a quirky subterranean afternoon tea) at Gin tastings to make sure I really knew what I was talking about.
But, as a dedicate and as a former pub landlady, I’ve always maintained that it’s simply a matter of finding a flavour that suits your palate – I’m of the sweet, rich, plummy-esque flavours usually found in mellow dessert wine, sweet dark rum and the occasional damson liqueur. But, I also love the piquancy of Angostura Bitters, a touch of Chilli and a puckered squeeze of lemons, so I figured out a way to beat the system. Making my own gin & putting my favourites in…
Without investing in a gin still, copper piping and a buff bloke to haul the grain about for me, it occurred with a bit of research that there were a couple of ways.
noun: gin; plural noun: gins; noun: gin rummy; plural noun: gin rummies
A clear alcoholic spirit distilled from grain or malt and flavoured with juniper berries.
A form of the card game rummy in which a player holding cards totalling ten or less may terminate play.
noun: infusion; plural noun: infusions
A drink, remedy, or extract prepared by soaking tea leaves or herbs in liquid.
“a strong rosemary infusion”
The introduction of a new element or quality into something.
“the infusion of $6.3 million for improvements”
So according to these definitions either I was destined to try making an interesting spirit, or cued to teach card games for embezzled funds… It was going to be a fascinating afternoon either way!
Disclaimer: The kit was kindly courtesy of Kitchen Provisions
It was with much excitement that I ripped open the beautifully presented box & eagerly read the instructions. Once I levered the cat off the paperwork that is!
Step one: Unpack the box of beautiful goodies.
Step Two: Buy nice Vodka.
Step Three: Add Juniper Berries in the recommended ratio.
Step Four: Add your flavours of choice. I initally tried the Kitchen Provisions own mix. (Cheesy artsy photos totally optional)
Step Five: Add Vodka. Pop in stopper. Leave to infuse for the recommended time period. (Many more photos also ensue.)
Step Six: Resist inspecting the bottle every 5 minutes. Learn a touch of history perhaps.
The history of Gin is really quite interesting and has many rather strong ties to London;
Discovered in Holland by English troops who were fighting against the Spanish in the Eighty Years’ War who noticed its calming effects before battle, which is the origin of the term Dutch courage.
Gin emerged in England in varying forms as of the early 17th century, and at the time of the Restoration, enjoyed a brief resurgence, mostly because of the relatively cheap price. (Thank you Wikipedia. You are amazing.)
Step Seven: Strain off the spices & let stand another while then taste with tonic.
Step Eight: Pat yourself on the back & begin planning the next batch.
My first brew of Mother’s Ruin went pretty well (slightly too junipery possibly?) so there are many more experimentations to come, watch out friends…
(Ps. 3rd 101 in 1001 goal complete!)