When it comes to distilling with botanicals, experimentation is king. If gin jumps to mind when you think of the use of botanicals in distilling, you’d be right!
Defined by its distinct juniper flavor, gin is made with a neutral base of pure grain spirit (like vodka) and then steeped with juniper berries and other botanicals. Because this type of gin is essentially flavored vodka, you can easily create your own variations at home.
Here, we’ll give you the flavor profiles of the most popular distilling botanicals used in gin making, and some ideas on how to use botanicals that will have your cocktails packed with complex flavor.