Clementine Flavoured Gin – A Perfect Christmas Treat

Gin has historically been drunk to help with achy joints and other inflammation. Made from juniper berries, it traditionally has quite a bitter taste. However, we have made a spiced clementine flavoured gin that even a sweet tooth can enjoy. You won’t need to know how to make gin, but you’ll infuse a good dry London gin with clementines and spices. Read to the end of this post to see how to make this infused gin recipe extra special.

For us, Christmas is all about comforting tastes and smells. The smell of spicy mulled wine or cider, roast chestnuts and sweet citrus shout happy memories of Christmas cheer. This is why we were excited to combine the flavour of clementine with gin and make an infused clementine gin from a recipe we found from Abel & Cole.

Preparing the ingredients is easy enough; it’s waiting for the gin to be ready that is the difficult part.

Here’s how to make infused gin:

Clementine Gin Recipe

Makes approx. 1 litre

2 litre Mason jar (the mixture will need room to breathe)
200g caster sugar
10 peppercorns
1 bay leaf
70cl (700ml) dry London gin

Method

  • Cut the clementines into quarters and weigh all dry ingredients.
  • Put dry ingredients into a clean, dry 2-litre mason jar along with the fruit.
  • Pour on gin (use a funnel if needed) and seal the jar.
  • Store in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight and shake the jar once per day for two weeks.
  • After two weeks decant the gin, removing the botanicals and clementines.

(TIP: we saved the clementines and made them into a compote with cardamom and dates and had them with Greek yoghurt and a small handful of granola as a slightly boozy Christmas treat.)

Serving Suggestion

Pour a shot of the decanted gin into a flute glass and top off with your favourite fizz. Make it extra special on Christmas morning with Champagne or prosecco.

We also made an easy-to-follow video on our YouTube channel

How to Gift Your Clementine Gin

If you’re making this for yourself, why not make double and give some away as a hand-crafted Christmas gift? Here are our favourite gin glasses and gift bottles.

Don’t have time to make your own? The Gin in a Tin Co. has an awesome gift set containing 19 spices and botanicals to infuse and garnish your G&T or try gin infusion bags like these ‘tea bag’ pyramids from Gintropolis.

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