How to flavour your own gin at home – from fruity and floral to spicy

SIP, sip, hooray! The hot weather has had me me in the mood for a G&T.

But rather than splash out on a fancy gin, I spoke to Alysia Vasey, of Yorkshire Foragers Produce, about how to flavour my own at home.

She recommends a bottle of London dry gin, £11 for 70cl at Morrisons, as a base for these recipes of hers . . . 

The spicy one: Pick your favourite spices — such as fresh nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, star anise, cardamon, fennel seeds, pink peppercorns, dried lemon or orange zest.

Put them into a piece of muslin cloth and tie it up tightly.

Pop this into a large kilner jar and top up with your gin.

Give the jar a shake every day for around three weeks.

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The home-grown one: Pick rose petals, rinse and dry them and put them into your kilner jar with 1 tbsp of white sugar and leave for a month.

This will need straining when ready.

Add a drop of red food colouring.

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The fruity one: Pop three herbal-infusion tea bags of any flavour into the kilner jar with the gin.

Shake and leave them to do their magic until you enjoy the taste.

I particularly like Twinings’ cranberry and raspberry tea bags.

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The burnt one: Take three firm oranges and slice thickly.

Then carefully use a hot griddle pan to burn the orange slices on one side only.

Pop them into a Kilner jar followed by 1 tbsp of soft brown sugar and your plain gin.

Leave to infuse for a week or so.

My tip: You can buy three individual oranges for 35p each at Tesco — far cheaper than buying a pack of four Jaffa oranges for £2.

  • To find out more about Alysia and her delicious recipes, check out her book The Yorkshire Forager (£20, Headline).

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