summer like a gin and tonic. And Markipedia LOVES his gin and tonics. And, since today is his birthday, this post is for him!
The good thing about living in the
desert is that nothing stops you from feeling summery all year round.
am not a huge gin fan. I don't do martinis, and I only drink a gin and tonic
for the tonic and lime. (The limes on our tree ripen in autumn and early
mentioned that, with all the herbs in our garden, it would be a breeze to make
about that appealed to me. If the herbs were really pronounced, I might actually
We have a an
empty bottle of Botanist Islay Dry Gin gin given to us by cousins Cathy and Heather back
East. We use a variety of empty - but, more important, beautiful - bottles for water
at the dinner table.
its design, the Botanist bottle is a favorite. It is embossed with the names of
all the herbs in their brand of gin. Basically, a starter recipe in binomial
We adapted the
list of ingredients, and amended it - with our culinary sensibilities and
ingredients from our garden - to create this recipe for homemade gin.
Tanqueray or Bombay Sapphire. But do expect to enjoy this wonderful herbal
elixir. Because this is not a distilled gin, it will come out a light amber color; it does not affect the taste.
Homemade Herb-infused Gin
2 cups vodka
coriander seeds, lightly crushed
culinary lavender buds
3 fresh bay
2 sprigs marjoram
strips of grapefruit zest
tender myrtle leaves, bruised
vodka and juniper berries (half the juniper berries can be crushed in a mortar and pestle for greater juniper flavor) in a sealable glass jar and steep for 12 hours.
chamomile, coriander, lavender, cardamom, bay leaves, spearmint, thyme, marjoram, grapefruit zest, and myrtle. Seal jar and shake, then let steep for an
additional 5 days
solids through a strainer lined with cheesecloth, then strain through a coffee
filter again into final bottle.
Store at room
temperature for up to one year. (As if it would last that long...)
Makes 2 cups _______________________________________________
If you ever
hear Markipedia call gin “mother’s milk,” he is referring to Eliza Doolittle’s faltering
maiden voyage at the Ascot Races in the play My Fair Lady, excerpted here:
(with perfect diction and dubious judgment):
My Aunt died of influenza, or so they said. But its my belief they done the old
woman in. Yes, Lord love you. Why should she die of influenza, when she come through
diphtheria right enough the year before. Fairly blue with it she was. They all thought
she was dead. But my father, he kept ladling gin down her throat. Then she come
to so sudden she bit the bowl right off the spoon. Now what call would a woman with
that strength in her have to die of influenza?
Mrs. Eynsford-Hill, shocked:
But it can't
have been right for your father to be pouring spirits down her throat like
that, it could have killed her.
Not her, gin
was mother's milk to her. Besides he poured so much down his own throat, he knew
the good of it.