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Bathtub gin and other uses for vodka
« on: September 02, 2020, 06:16:23 PM »
So Iím unsure if anyone else got that bored over lockdown that they started thinking of ways to make nice spirits and liqueurs from basic vodka, but I did so Iíll post.

What is gin? Well effectively a spirit (usually grain based but can be cane based) with added flavourings.  As long as one of those flavourings is juniper berries and ABV is above 37.5%, it is gin.  A liqueur can be anything based on alcohol (probably got a lower limit above 14%).  So any unflavored vodka or cane spirit can be used.

So with this limited knowledge (a dangerous thing) and no useful lab equipment I started searching for a way to turn base spirit into gold! Turns out it is very easy.

So far - lime leaf, hibiscus and methi gin (pics in next one).  Full juniper oomph, bright lime and tart fruitiness tempered by a deep spicy undertone and warming cinnamon and pepper finish.

Ingredients:

2 tbsp organic juniper berries
1 tbsp coriander seeds
One star anise
1 tsp fenugreek (methi) seeds
1 stick cinnamon
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp Szechuan pepper
Peel of an orange and a lemon
4 cardomom pods
Vodka (about 500ml)
Five lime leaves
A hibiscus teabag or five hibiscus flowers (dried for tea)

Sterilize a mason or similar jar
Lightly crush the juniper and spices and add to the jar
Add the peels, leaves and hibiscus then about 350ml vodka
Close the jar, shake well and leave to infuse.  Shake again every few hours.
After about 24 hrs taste and either let it steep some more, or more likely use a coffee filter to filter the liquor into a bottle.
Dilute with more vodka as necessary (I added another 150ml)
Optional addition of a nice looking cinnamon stick (which will make it sweeter and warmer over time).

Drink with lime as a gimlet, or just as a G and T (best option IMHO)
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Re: Bathtub gin and other uses for vodka
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2020, 06:20:44 PM »
Would this go well with some fried Captain Beefheart?

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Re: Bathtub gin and other uses for vodka
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2020, 06:24:23 PM »


The finished article sideways on (canít work out postimage)

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Re: Bathtub gin and other uses for vodka
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2020, 06:25:11 PM »
Would this go well with some fried Captain Beefheart?

Quite possibly.  Going well with some Low at the moment
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Re: Bathtub gin and other uses for vodka
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2020, 06:27:51 PM »
And the next two batches in embryonic form:

Camomile and lemon gin (Right) Which will be tasted, diluted with vodka, sieved and bottled tomorrow for the weekend and limoncello (which will be sugared making it a liqueur but only on Sunday as you can really get the lemon flavour out)

« Last Edit: September 02, 2020, 06:30:34 PM by JonnyP »
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Re: Bathtub gin and other uses for vodka
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2020, 04:24:54 PM »
Well the chamomile and lemon gin came out very nicely.  Load shedding and a power fault meant that by 3.30 my wifi and my laptop were dead, so I finished the gin straining and bottling (and added a little more vodka to dilute.  Then the power finally reappeared so I thought Iíd check on the limoncello and it was ready for sugar syrup.  Made it, chilled it down a touch with cold water, mixed and strained and bottled.  Tonightís tastings are sorted!
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Re: Bathtub gin and other uses for vodka
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2020, 05:21:27 PM »
Just another update.  The chamomile and lemon gin is very nice once it has had a day to let the flavors get to know each other.  The limoncello is too good - I almost had a shot after lunch but my better side of the brain made me get back to work.  Still, thereís always later!
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Re: Bathtub gin and other uses for vodka
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2020, 12:09:01 PM »
Reminds me of rhum arrangť- ubiquitous on Indian Ocean islands.
You can buy kits just like a breyani pack, or the syrup. Add rum and sugar to taste. Let it stand (for several months is best).
Tastes like liqueur but knocks your socks off ( in teh nicest possible way).

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Re: Bathtub gin and other uses for vodka
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2020, 01:00:50 PM »
Iíve also been spicing my own rum.  Pick n Pay sell Iceberg rum which is a fairly plain Demerara rum and cheap.  Not much flavour to it until you add a bit of cinnamon, allspice, ginger and vanilla leave a day or two then decant.  Tasty and a more natural taste than the Captain or the Sailor.
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Re: Bathtub gin and other uses for vodka
« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2020, 02:31:00 PM »
How's about some Moonflower instead of Hybiscus ?  :EGrin:
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