Thursday, 29 August 2013
The Artisan Gin Maker's Kit is very likely to be my gift of choice for the next few months. Birthdays, housewarmings, sorry I accidentally tore your favourite dress that you were kind enough to let me borrow presents. All of these present-giving opportunities can be covered by a gin making kit.
Unusually, this gin kit uses vodka (supplied in a 500ml bottle, brilliant). And you get all of the juniper and botanicals that you need to start you off, as well as a lovely bottle for storing your gin when you're finished making. Now I'll be honest, I'm not sure of the exact technicalities of magically turning vodka into gin (although I certainly approve of the principal itself). It sounds a little like turning dull and boring water into tasty and fabulous wine. I can get on board with that.
The kits are £59.99 from Firebox. Yes, you absolutely could buy all of the little bits and make your own kit for cheaper. But you probably won't. And once you've got the hang of it, you can have a bash yourself and start making all sorts of flavours (no, not coconut). Maybe it's time to open a Domestic Sluttery bar.