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Make your own Gin & Tonic

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Gin. Originally originated in the Netherlands as jenever, it is now extremely popular. The combination with tonic has become indispensable on terraces and in clubs. Many businesses even have a special 'Gin & Tonic menu'. In this article I will tell you how I made my own gin with a sous vide infusion .

What is gin?

Gin is an alcoholic drink with a juniper base. Nothing more, nothing less. There are a number of qualifications for gin. The well-known brands are London Dry Gin , Distilled Gin and Compound Gin . Below are the differences:

London Dry Gin
Does a London Dry Gin have to come from London? No. London Dry is a qualification that stands for a one-time distillation in which all ingredients are distilled. The only ingredient that may be added after distillation is water.

Examples: Bombay Sapphire, Beefeater, Tanqueray

Distilled Gin
This process is essentially the same as the London Dry Gin, only with Distilled Gin flavors are often added afterwards (infused) or additional ingredients are distilled.

Examples: Hendricks, Gin Mare

Compound Gin
We are going to make this ourselves! With Compound Gin, the ingredients are only added after distillation. The basis of this gin is a neutral alcoholic drink; vodka . The advantage is that you can make this gin yourself without having to distill.

The ingredients

As I mentioned before, a gin always has a juniper base. This is therefore ingredient number one. Examples of ingredients that are often found in gins are:

  • Coriander seed
  • Pepper
  • Ginger
  • Cardamom
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Lemongrass
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Angelica
  • Laurel
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg

Of course you can also choose to add another ingredient. The sous vide technique comes in handy here, because it makes infusing flavors very easy. I chose a lavender infusion . Remember, this is my gin. Feel free to choose a different ingredient and make the gin that suits you best!

The list of ingredients for my homemade gin:

  • 1 liter of vodka
  • 30 gr. Juniper berries
  • 1 tbsp. coriander seed
  • 1 tsp. white peppercorns
  • 2.5 cm ginger
  • 1 stalk of lemongrass
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 1/3 lemon peel
  • 10 sprigs of lavender

Please note: the quality of the vodka affects the end result. So don't buy the cheapest (private label) vodka in the store. I chose vodka from Smirnoff. I can say that the end result was very good.

The technique: Make your own gin

Making your own gin is very easy. Actually, it's mostly just a matter of waiting...

    1. Take a pan or sous vide container and fill it with warm water. Then set your sous vide device to 60 °C and let the water reach the desired temperature.
    2. You take all the ingredients and put them in a cut bag of the vacuum bag on a roll!
    3. Empty the bottle of vodka into the bag.
    4. Seal the sous vide bag with the vacuum sealer . Don't have a vacuum sealer? Below are 2 methods that you can apply.

The table edge method
I recommend this method if you want to vacuum seal a bag of liquid without using a vacuum sealer. Close the filled sous vide bag approximately halfway. Then hold the bag against the edge of a table (or countertop) with the liquid facing down. Keep the top of the closure on the table. Then use the edge of the table to press the liquid down and squeeze the air out of the top of the bag before closing it.

The water displacement method
You can use this method with almost all products. Close the filled sous vide bag approximately halfway. Place the bag in a container with water (for example your sous vide container ) and keep only the closure above water. Everything under the closure should be covered with water. The pressure of the water pushes the air out of the bag. Once all the air is out, close the bag.

  1. Lower the sous vide bag with the ingredients into the water and set the timer for 1 hour.
  2. When the hour is up, remove the sous vide bag from the water and cool the contents in a container of ice water for about 30 minutes. You can also put it in the freezer for 1 hour, or in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  3. Pour the liquid from the bag through a fine sieve into a bottle or jar. You can throw away all the ingredients, we don't need them anymore.

Tip: your homemade gin - like all infusions of spirits - can be kept indefinitely at room temperature. However, you will notice that after a while some sediment will collect at the bottom of your jar or bottle. You can filter this out with a coffee filter.

Serving the best Gin & Tonic

Gin Tonics come in all shapes and sizes. There are countless different gins and tons of different tonics. You can then also choose to highlight a flavor of your choice by adding botanicals to your Gin Tonic. A classic Gin & Tonic is often served in a large balloon glass, because the scents can linger well in it. However, feel free to choose a different glass.

The Tonic
First of all: the tonic. They come in many different shapes and sizes. Indian tonic, Elderflower tonic, Mediterranean tonic, Light tonic, and so on. If you like a bitter, go for the 'normal' Indian tonic. Not crazy about sweet drinks? Then choose the light variant.

Tip: The advantage of the light tonics is that they contain less sugar. This makes the tonic less present and you taste the gin better. My preference is the normal Fever Tree tonic, but I also often drink Royal Club Tonic (the light variant) at home. They sell them in 1 liter bottles in the supermarket, and are a lot less pricey than the Fever Tree bottles. However, if you want to impress your friends, well... What you pay is what you get.

The botanicals
You can express your creativity here. You choose which flavor you want to highlight. You can basically add anything. Decide for yourself! Keep in mind that the more botanicals you add, the faster they will drown out the taste of the gin. In some cocktail bars they prefer to serve Gin Tonics without botanicals for this reason.

Tip: Do not add more than 2 different botanicals. The botanicals are not intended to drown out the flavors of the gin, but to make certain flavors and scents stand out a little.

I chose to enhance the lavender a little with my gin by placing a few small sprigs in the glass. I also added some juniper berries. Looks nice too!

To serve
There are a few points you should definitely pay attention to for a perfect Gin & Tonic:

  • Ratio . The ideal ratio for making a Gin Tonic is of course personal. Some people like to drink their G&T with a ratio of 2 measures of tonic to 1 measure of gin. Others prefer to go for 3-on-1 or 1-on-1. Do what you like best. I usually go for 3-to-1.

Please note: A bottle of tonic often contains 200ml of tonic. So if you empty your entire bottle into a glass to which you add 1 measure of gin (40ml), you get a ratio of 5 to 1. This is a shame! This will cause all the finesse of your gin to be lost.

  • Lots of ice cream . This is a standard for the perfect Gin Tonic. The more ice you add, the less quickly it will melt. This prevents an abundance of melt water in your drink.
  • Pre-cool glass and remove melt water . Fill your glass with a good amount of ice and stir or swirl it around the inside to cool the glass. Then pour away the melt water just before adding other ingredients.
  • Add your tonic slowly . This keeps your perfect Gin & Tonic sparkling for longer! You can prevent the tonic from immediately killing you by tilting your glass slightly while pouring the tonic.
  • No straw! And for the following reasons:
    • When you drink through a straw, you skip the tip of your tongue. This means you miss a lot of taste stimuli.
    • The scents of the botanicals are not picked up by your nose when you drink through a straw. If you serve without a straw, you automatically bring your nose closer to the glass.
    • A straw invites you to stir. We don't want that, because stirring makes the tonic fizz harder. This causes the carbon dioxide to disappear from your tonic. Stir the Gin & Tonic only once after adding the gin to mix it well, then no more.

One last tip: Are you a real Gin & Tonic lover? Then download the ' Ginto app ' from the AppStore. In this app you can find a lot of information about almost all gins that exist. The ingredients are often listed, based on that you could choose a botanical. You can also keep track of which gins you've tasted and add notes. Very handy!

That was him. I hope this article has inspired you enough to get started. Cheers!

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7 comments

yu-givan@hotmail.com

yu-givan@hotmail.com

Ja Edwig dat kan!

edwig.kint@telenet.be

edwig.kint@telenet.be

Kan ik dit ook in wegkopt maken sous vide ?

schoors.dennis@gmail.com

schoors.dennis@gmail.com

Hey Tim,

De opsomming in je ingrediëntenlijst, betreft dat alle ingrediënten om jouw gin te maken of is het een of/of keuze die ik moet maken, met als basis telkens de 30gr aan jeneverbessen….?

givan@tabletstudent.nl

givan@tabletstudent.nl

Hi Dennis,

De eerste opsomming is een lijst met mogelijke ingrediënten die je kunt gebruiken. De tweede lijst is de lijst zoals Tim hem heeft gemaakt.
De 30 gram jeneverbessen staat niet perse gelijk aan de hoeveelheid van een vervangbaar ingredient. Uiteraard heeft de hoeveelheid van de ingrediënten invloed op de smaak, dus voel vooral zelf aan wat je wilt gebruiken en de hoeveelheid hiervan!

leendejo@gmail.com

leendejo@gmail.com

Sorry inderdaad niet goed gelezen. Vandaag gemaakt ben benieuwd naar het resultaat. Bedankt voor je reactie..
Groet Leen

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