Nov 14, 2011

Compound gin

So, I made this gin.   After a day of steeping the orange rind and rosemary finally managed to beat the vodka into submission.  Or they declared a truce, I'm not sure. Initially, I had started with a bottle that was strongly reminiscent of hospital.  Well, you can't remove the smell of disinfectant without replacing it with something equally pungent. 

The final result, while not a resounding success, does provide an interesting herbal-clove-citrus rind taste experience.  With just a hint of bleach, as long as you use it in moderation.   The juniper sadly remains a shy guest at an otherwise boisterous party.  

It is quite bitter.  I don't mind, because I frequently consume bitter things, so I can exercise my right to a subjective opinion.  But I can't offer it to others.  It works with tonic, but everything does. 

Next time I'll use better vodka.  And go slow on the citrus.  Restraint is needed.

4 comments:

Rob said...

To me, it tastes like drinking liquidised potpourri...

Marie said...

Could be the tannins in the rosemary. I am also struggling with bitterness in my infusions.

al said...

Bitterness may arrive from the orange rind, Juslaaik lemoncello, we always thin-peel the yellow and leave the white....

jvdh said...

I also suspect the orange rind, it has that pithy feel to it. But the amount of rosemary contact probably doesn't help either.