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
Makes: 2 cups

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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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