Autumn is here and suddenly everything is pumpkin spice flavoured. So we thought we’d join in with a guide to make your own pumpkin spice gin.
Pumpkin spice lattes and other pumpkin spice flavoured drinks don’t actually have any pumpkin in them, instead the name comes from the spices that are traditionally used to flavour pumpkin pies: cinnamon, allspice, mace, ginger and cloves. This selection of spices are warming with a subtle nuttiness and a thoroughly autumnal feel. They also feature as botanicals in some gin varieties so we thought that they’d mesh well in a spiced gin.
Step 1. Make the pumpkin spice
Combine together equal parts ground allspice, ground mace, ground cinnamon, ground ginger and ground cloves in a bowl. You don’t need much, the recipe only calls for a teaspoon of the finished spice.
Step 2. Find your gin
We recommend quite a sweet and robust gin like an Old Tom because the strong pumpkin spice is going to overpower more floral botanicals. We’ve gone for professor Cornelius Ampleforth’s Bathtub Old Tom because we think the sweetness and citrus notes will blend well with the strong autumnal spices.
Step 3. Combine your ingredients
Wash 2 glass containers thoroughly then sterilise in the oven at 140C/120C Fan/Gas 1 for an hour or through the hot wash cycle in a dishwasher.
Add a teaspoonful of the spice to 1 container and 500cl of your chosen gin. Stir thoroughly. Now wait an hour for the flavours to infuse. Yes, only an hour. Unlike fruit infusions the spices will impart their flavour to the gin very quickly, wait too long and the gin will become over spiced and very bitter.
Step 4. Strain
Line a funnel with a coffee filter. Using the funnel, pour the infused gin into the remaining glass container. Leave the gin to drip through the filter and strain out the remaining spices.
Step 5. Drink
Your pumpkin spice gin is now ready to enjoy. Hopefully the end result should be a sweet and spicy drink redolent with the aromas of bonfires, mince pies and gingerbread but with an unmistakeable juniper kick. This gin is delicious served neat over ice or mixed with some Fever Tree Sicilian Lemonade to really lift the flavours and cut through the sweetness. Alternatively you could try a pumpkin spice martini.
Pumpkin Spice Martini
For a boozy alternative to that autumnal favourite, why not make a Pumpkin Spice Latte Martini at home?
Shake together over ice:
60ml of freshly made coffee
50ml of pumpkin spice gin
A splash of milk
A dash of sugar syrup
Strain into a chilled glass, taking care to push the hawthorne strainer down tightly in order to create a thick, crema-like top to the cocktail, then garnish with a couple of coffee beans.
So, what are you waiting for? Pick up some Professor Cornelius Ampleforth's Bathtub Old Tom from our online store and make some of your own pumpkin spice gin today.
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