All ingredients are available at the grocery store, but we tapped our friends at Homemade Gin who put it all together in one convenient kit that you can buy from us.
To break it down, you'll want to get your hands on two 12-ounce glass bottles, a funnel, and a strainer.
Any old vodka will work for the base alcohol; top-shelf stuff is not needed here. But pay close attention to what's in those tins: juniper berries and a blend of botanicals are the magic ingredients that stand between you and an ice cold G&T.
Add about one ounce of juniper berries to a 750ml container of vodka, using the funnel. Fun fact: pregnant women shouldn't handle juniper berries. So if you're pregnant, drink something else. (Non-alcoholic.)
It tasted earthy and distinctively like pine needles, but I was curious how it would stack up against the store-bought stuff.
So naturally I blindfolded two of my co-workers and made them try both gins to see if they could tell them apart. (Yep, they were drinking hard alcohol before noon on a Wednesday.)
Turns out, there's no mistaking the homemade version. The flavors are way more robust, even described as "sap-like" by one of our editors. He added: "I know you think I'm just saying this but I prefer yours to the professional one. It's more smoky, more earthy, more real."
Given the effort (minimal), and the outcome on taste (high), I'd suggest making your own gin this holiday season. What better way to enjoy your family than after a few glasses?
Ali Drucker is a staff writer for Supercompressor. She exclusively drank gin and tonics for about three years, before welcoming whiskey into her life. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.