Road Test

Gin Kit

The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - LIFE - By Ross Bi l t on

What is it? A sort of alchemy kit for the dis­cern­ing booze­hound. It trans­forms any base spirit – generic vodka, say – into ar­ti­san gin.

How? You sim­ply add the ju­niper berries for 24 hours, then add the sa­chets of botan­i­cals – co­rian­der seeds, an­gel­ica root, cit­rus peel, car­damom, cin­na­mon and bay leaf – to your cheap booze and let it in­fuse for an­other 12 hours.

Then what? Use the very pretty cop­per strainer to dis­gorge it into the very pretty glass bot­tle. Then bask in the ad­mi­ra­tion of your friends, who will say “Wow!”, “Aren’t you clever!” and “Why is it wee coloured?” So… why is it wee coloured? The “beau­ti­ful golden hue” is a sign of a top-notch ar­ti­san gin, ac­cord­ing to the ac­com­pa­ny­ing lit­er­a­ture.

Tast­ing notes: It’s un­usual and de­li­cious – flo­ral, spicy and slightly medic­i­nal. Who knew boot­leg­ging would be next to go up­mar­ket?

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