DIY Gin Recipe

Photograph: Marcia Simmons

When it comes down to it, gin is basically a neutral spirit flavored with juniper berries and a bunch of other stuff. So while it might seem like putting a bunch of berries and herbs in vodka couldn't possibly result in a drinkable gin, you definitely can make a gin just as complex and delicious as what you'll find at the liquor store.

Note: Choose the most neutral inexpensive vodka you can find.

Recipe Facts



Active: 5 mins
Total: 48 hrs
Serves: 16 servings

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  • 2 cups vodka

  • 2 tablespoons juniper berries

  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds

  • 1 teaspoon chamomile

  • 1/2 teaspoon lavender

  • 3 cardamom pods, broken

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 4 allspice berries

  • Two 4-inch pieces of grapefruit peel, with no pith


  1. Combine the vodka and juniper berries in a sealable glass jar and steep for 12 hours.

  2. Add coriander, chamomile, lavender, cardamom, bay leaf, allspice, and grapefruit peel. Seal jar and shake, then let steep for an additional 36 hours.

  3. Strain out solids through a strainer lined with cheesecloth, then strain through cheese cloth again into desired bottle. Store at room temperature for up to one year.

Special equipment

cheesecloth, fine mesh strainer

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
68 Calories
0g Fat
1g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 68
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 15mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)