Surely you’ve heard about the benefits of citrus, but apart from being good source of vitamin C, it’s undeniable that it’s also pretty good on the taste buds.
This orange gin recipe actually combines two of your five a day: grapefruit and orange to create a refreshing G&T with a difference.
We can’t guarantee it’ll have any form of health benefit, but it’ll sure bring a smile to your day, ready to enjoy in 3 to 5 days…
How to Make Orange Gin
- 2 tbsp grapefruit zest
- 2 tbsp tangerine zest
- 1 3/4 cups of your choice of a good gin
- 300 g caster sugar
- Prepare your citrus zest. You can use a zester or a knife. Even if you end up with bigger pieces of zest that won’t affect your gin.
- Put all the zest in a pint size mason jar or other glass jar that holds at least 2 cups of liquid.
- Top off the jar with your gin, and close it up.
- Shake the jar once a day. Your infusion should be ready in 3 to 5 days. After day 3, open the jar after shaking and smell your gin. If the citrus smell is nice and strong, it’s done. If not, put it back into the fridge and check again the next day.
- Once your gin has had its steeping time you are ready to mix it with the sugar syrup. Put the sugar and 300 ml of cold water into a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil, allowing all the sugar to dissolve, then simmer for a further 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
- Strain the gin into a jug, then add about the same volume of sugar syrup and taste it, adding a little more to taste – the more sugar the smoother the flavour.
After the 5th day feel free to pour in your glass over ice and combine with your tonic water of choice. Cheers!
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