The Homemade Gin Kit is all the rage these days as a gift idea for cocktail lover. The idea of this gift of gin is simple: Just grab a bottle of vodka, steep it with some stuff, and you have gin. Pair it with El Guapo Bitters Tonic Syrup
and you have the perfect package any friend interested in gin (… as all good friends should be).
This “great gift idea” is tasty, but it is threatening to the very core of understanding good gin in modern times. Consider the simple process used in this kit:
- Buy a bottle of vodka.
- Pour it into another bottle. Add juniper berries. Wait 24 hours.
- At botanicals packet. Wait 12 hours.
- Strain and drink.
The resulting product is more like a gin tea than a modern gin. Not bad, but obvious in its flavoring.
Most gin sold today is distilled gin, meaning that juniper and other botanicals are added to the distilled alcohol, which is then redistilled prior to bottling. From a visual perspective, this process eliminates the murky color of the final product. More important, however, the flavor of the botanicals integrates more completely with the drink and becomes much more aromatic in the process.
The Homemade Gin Kit is a start. The favor is interesting to a degree. But, I’m much more curious about a complete homemade gin kit, including a still such as the DIY Home Alcohol Still. That gift would be more engaging but expensive. And also more satisfying.
Sounds like a great idea for a future project for me!