This is a deliciously warming gin. For the gin base I used Gordon’s – any half decent gin will do (not own brand: if it tastes like paint stripper beforehand, it will do so afterwards as well!) but don’t go too fancy as subtler notes will be overpowered by the flavours. I make mine in a 1 litre kilner jar I got online. The Usual Saucepans obviously supports responsible drinking (but has been known to err itself, on occasion).
Get a large preserving jar (mine was a 1 litre one) and put the zest and juice of the limes into it. To this add the chillies, sugar and about a third of the gin. Swirl and shake until the sugar has dissolved and then add in the rest of the gin. Shake again.
Put in a cool, dark place and leave for about a fortnight (no one can be expected to wait much longer!) remembering to give it a good shake every day or two.
Once the gin has a strong green colour to it drain it – I use a sieve and lined with kitchen roll, but a cheesecloth does the same job – and pour the liquid into a pre-sterilised bottle.
Serve over ice, with a splash or two of tonic.