Our homemade rose petal-infused gin has been a hit as of late on the Laddieshop’s Botanist tours, having been used in a couple of our featured cocktails.
The word “infused” might make it sound like the result of a complex process, but adding your own flavours to your gin is very simple.
Before you start, you need to decide on what you want the gin to taste like. We like our rose variation, so for our tutorial we opted for rose petals; if you’re not a rose fan, there’s a wide range of other flowers, herbs, mushrooms, or fruits to experiment with – think sloe gin!
Overall, you’ll simply need two ingredients: gin, and whatever you’re wanting to flavour it with. A kilner jar for the process and a bottle for the finished gin would be handy, too!
When picking our rose petals, we weren’t entirely sure about the variety we’d chosen – it was a small, fragrant, fuscia-coloured flower with quite an open cup which was growing in the distillery garden. With over 100 species of rose, they’re fairly common and recognisable, but if you’re not too sure, go by the smell, first off, then the stems having “prickles”, or thorns. The leaves will also have a serrated edge.
We collected enough rose petals from the bush to fill a 0.5L kilner jar and then took them back to be washed and chopped up. (Chopping up the contents of the jar is optional, but we find that it helps to speed up the process in which the gin takes the flavour and colour due to an increase in surface area.) We then added our gin to the jar – just enough to cover the rose petals – and closed the lid. Once this step is done, it’s up to the contents in your jar to do the hard work!