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How to make your own Christmas gin

Making Christmas gin can be a fun and festive project. You can infuse your gin with a variety of seasonal flavours to give it a festive twist. Here's a simple recipe to get you started:



  1. Gin: Choose a good-quality gin as the base for your infusion.
  2. Juniper Berries: These are essential for gin and will form the base of your infusion.
  3. Christmas Spices: Use a combination of cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, and cardamom pods for a warm and festive flavor.
  4. Citrus Peel: Orange or clementine peel can add a bright and citrusy note.
  5. Cranberries: Fresh or dried cranberries will add a touch of tartness and a pop of color.
  6. Sweetener (Optional): You can add a sweet element like honey or simple syrup if you prefer a slightly sweetened gin.


  1. Prepare Ingredients: Gather all your ingredients and wash any fresh fruits or berries.

  2. Combine Ingredients: In a clean, airtight glass container or jar, combine the gin with the juniper berries, Christmas spices, citrus peel, and cranberries. Adjust the quantities based on your personal taste preferences.

  3. Infuse: Seal the container and let the mixture infuse in a cool, dark place for at least 2 weeks. Shake the container gently every few days to help distribute the flavors.

  4. Taste Test: After the infusion period, taste the gin to see if it has reached your desired flavor. If it needs more time, you can let it infuse for an additional week or longer.

  5. Strain: Once you're satisfied with the flavor, strain the gin to remove the solid ingredients. You can use a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to achieve a clear liquid.

  6. Optional Sweetening: If you want to add sweetness, you can mix in a small amount of honey or simple syrup to taste. Stir well and taste as you go to avoid over-sweetening.

  7. Bottle: Pour the finished Christmas gin into clean, airtight bottles for storage.

  8. Serve: Enjoy your homemade Christmas gin in festive cocktails or simply over ice. Consider garnishing with a twist of orange peel or a few cranberries for an extra touch.

Remember that the infusion process is flexible, and you can adjust the ingredients and quantities to suit your taste preferences. Have fun experimenting and creating your own unique Christmas gin!