Monday, December 13, 2010

Rosemary Orange Allspice Gin and other Beverages - Dec 13, 2010


Rosemary Orange and Allspice Infused Gin

I have been busy infusing various liquors for gifts and for consumption around our house. Of the several I've done, this mix is currently my favorite, as you might be able to tell from the nearly empty bottle above. It makes for a fantastic winter gin and tonic. If you're looking for a quick homemade gift idea, or a fun cocktail to serve at your holiday soiree, I would highly recommend giving this a try. Here's a loose recipe to follow, although you must keep in mind that I rarely measure anything and you should tweak to your own tastes.

Recipe:

2 cups gin (use a good, middle of the road gin...we used New Amsterdam because it was on sale)
zest of one orange, avoiding the pith as much as possible
1 fresh sprig of rosemary
1 tsp whole allspice, crushed slightly

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and let sit, covered for 24 to 36 hours (the longer it sits, the stronger the flavor). Strain into a clean bottle using a fine mesh sieve or a funnel lined with a coffee filter. Use this to mix a gin and tonic however you like it. We chose to omit the limes in this case, but a wedge of orange served in the glass might be a fun addition. Also, if you belong to the category of people who despise gin, this can easily be done with vodka, rum, tequila, whiskey, or any liquor of your choosing.


Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice

This is my other current beverage obsession and a perfect little luxury on weekend mornings. Oranges are really delicious right now!
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2 comments:

Fay's Too said...

If your friends despise gin, perhaps you should find different friends.
This sounds too wonderful and you know I'm fixin' to try it. In the name of science, of course.

Heide said...

This is my kind of recipe. Can't wait to try this gin.

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