Homemade citrus gin makes pretty much any gin drink more special. Mix it up fancy-like, or serve it over ice with a splash of soda.
I am on such a gin drink roll these days! This homemade citrus gin is the latest in my gin-making adventures, and I can’t wait to use it in a cocktail next week. Last week the winter weather finally broke here in Atlanta. It’s been spring, spring, spring around here, and it got me in the mood to make something bright and citrusy to match the happy weather.
Gin’s flowery flavors felt like the right fit with the blend of citrus that I had in mind. So! Despite having done a whole mess of gin cocktails lately, I decided to do just one more. Next week, I’ll have a cocktail recipe to go with your citrus gin!
The beauty of this recipe is that you can really mix and match to suit your tastes. Just choose two pieces of sweet citrus (grapefruit, orange, tangerine, etc) and two piece of sour citrus (lemon or lime). The mix I chose was super tasty, but don’t feel like you have to stick to my recipe exactly. Where’s the fun in that?
My favorite thing about an infusion is watching it mature. Here’s how the citrus gin looked from day to day:
Just like with the kiwi gin, the most dramatic color change was from day one to day two. After that, it’s really about how it smells. My citrus gin smelled pretty nice on day three, but I let it go to five days to test the whole range. I’d say you can stop at day three if you are anxious to use this, but if you have the extra days, I’d wait.
Homemade Citrus Gin
- 2 tablespoons grapefruit zest
- 2 tablespoons tangerine zest
- 1 1/2 teaspoons lime zest
- 1 3/4 cups good vegan gin - 14 ounces
- Prepare up your citrus zest. You can use a zester or a knife. I don’t have a zester, so my citrus gin was packed with big pieces of zest. Whatever you decided to do, put all of that yummy zest into a pint size mason jar or other glass jar that holds at least 2 cups of liquid.
- Top off the jar with your gin, and close ‘er up.
- Shake the jar once a day. Your infusion should be ready in 3 to 5 days. After day 3, open the jar after shaking and smell your gin. If the citrus smell is nice and strong, it’s done. If not, put it back into the fridge and check again tomorrow.