Words by Mitchell West, Photos by Morgan H. West
I’ve been homebrewing for 9 years and am always interested in making things from scratch, so I was very excited to try out this homemade gin kit from D.C.’s Ginbrew. The process was super easy and yielded an absolutely delicious gin.
The kit comes with a Mason jar, cheesecloth for straining, and three sachets of botanicals, each containing a different blend. I started with their flagship “Liberty 13.” Described as having 13 different botanicals and makes a gin with “a harmonious balance of evergreen, herbal, citrus, and spice notes, with a subtly floral nose and a crisp peppery finish,” I found the gin to have an extremely fresh spice flavor and aroma, much stronger than gins I’m used to. I give it a major thumbs up.
To make the gin, you supply a 750ml bottle of “fairly inexpensive” vodka (I used Smirnoff), which you pour into the Mason jar along with the spice blend of your choosing. Place it in a cool, dark place for a week, shaking it once a day (Confession: I left mine for a little longer than a week with no ill effects).
Then, using a section of the provided cheesecloth, strain into another container and you’re done. I chose to put mine in a swingtop bottle, but you could also put it back in the Mason jar for storing.
The kit retails for $29 and yields 3 750ml batches of gin. You can order your kit here.