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homemade gin

As an amateur connoisseur and a professional drinker, these two post on gin got me excited.

Old Tom Dutch Gin

Immensely popular during much of the 18th and 19th centuries, Old Tom is a lightly sweetened style of gin that shares many of the botanical underpinnings of the familiar London Dry gins, but has the richer, smoother mouth feel of the malty Genever-style gins. Early manifestations of the martini and the Tom Collins were typically made with Old Tom gin.

Well, I’m ordering mine later today.


Pictured above is a bottle of the bathtub variety. Ian Knauer has a recipe for homemade gin that seems simple, but I see wandering around Safeway for juniper berries being frustrating.  You can find the recipe after the jump.


Ian Knauer’s Kitchen Gin Recipe

1 (750ml) bottle of inexpensive vodka
2 Tbsp juniper berries
3/4 tsp coriander seed
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp fennel seed
3 green cardamom pods
2 black peppercorns
1 bay leaf, torn into pieces
1 (3-inch) sprig fresh rosemary
1 (2-inch-long) fresh lemon or lime peel
1 (1-inch) sprig fresh lavender

Infuse juniper in the vodka overnight. Add remaining spices and herbs in the morning and let infuse all day. When you get home from work, strain out the botanicals and start making your favorite gin cocktails.


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