If you love a pumpkin spice latte then you have GOT to give this a try! It’s really easy to make, only takes about 15 minutes to prepare and 1 hour for the flavours to infuse before you can drink it. Plus, once it’s ready you can make a pumpkin spice martini (recipe below), droooool...
And here’s why it’s so easy, pumpkin spice doesn’t actually contain any pumpkin! It’s a combo of the spices traditionally used in pumpkin pies: cinnamon, allspice, mace, ginger and cloves. Flavours we all love at this time of year as they’re so gorgeously cosy and warming.
How to make pumpkin spice gin
Ingredients & Equipment
Ground allspice, ground mace, ground cinnamon, ground ginger and ground cloves - all easy to find in supermarkets and if you're a baker, probably already in your cupboard!
Old Tom Gin - the citrus and slightly sweeter flavour of an Old Tom blends gorgeously with the spices. We recommend Poetic License Old Tom Gin.
Large jug, 500ml glass bottle, coffee filter, bowl, steriliser (find steriliser at any supermarket) and a funnel.
Sterilise your jug and glass bottle (or run them through the dishwasher - hot cycle).
Pop about a quarter of a teaspoon of each spice into a bowl and mix together.
Pour the gin into your jug, add a teaspoon of pumpkin spice mix and stir thoroughly, then leave it for an hour to infuse. Ta da! Unlike fruit infusions the spices will flavour the gin very quickly.
*Warning* don’t wait too long - the gin will get over spiced and bitter.
Line your funnel with the coffee filter and slowly pour the spiced gin into your glass bottle - this will filter out all the gritty spice.
Drink it! It’s delicious served neat over ice or with lemonade to add a zesty bite. Even better you could try a pumpkin spice martini (recipe below).
Pumpkin Spice Martini
For a boozy alternative to your favourite winter coffee, try our Pumpkin Spice Latte Martini.
Shake together over ice:
2 ½ parts* freshly made coffee
2 parts pumpkin spice gin
½ part milk
½ part sugar syrup
Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a couple of coffee beans.
*Parts made simple. Just stick to the ratios, so if you are making a jug ¼ of the jug could be 1 part, ½ the jug 2 parts. For 1 cocktail, 1 part would be approx 25ml, if you are making 2 cocktails, 1 part would be approx 50ml and so on - experiment and give it a try.
If you don’t have a cocktail set you can shake the ingredients together in a pint glass using your hand or anything flat to seal the top and then strain through a sieve.
So, what are you waiting for? Make your own pumpkin spice gin and stay cosy all winter!
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