My orange and grapefruit gin is based on the same recipe I used for my Seville orange gin. It makes approximately 700ml of gin. I also tend to use my 1 litre spring-lid jar for making gins – it lets you see the fruit and the gin taking on its colour.
- 2 large Seville oranges
- 1/2 a large grapefruit
- 700ml gin
- 50g caster sugar
Pour about 150ml of your gin into the jar – roughly, it doesn’t need to be an exact measurement – and then add your sugar in on top. Seal the jar and swirl/shake it to dissolve the sugar. If it doesn’t all dissolve, pour in some more gin and repeat.
Slice your oranges and grapefruit. I do mine into circles and then slice those circles in half to expose the most flesh. Add these into the jar along with the remaining gin, seal and shake – this will bash out some of the juice and allow everything to mix together.
Store the jar in a cool dark place and leave for two weeks to infuse, shaking every couple of days as you pass.
When it’s ready – the colour will be stronger – line a sieve with muslin/kitchen roll/coffee filter and place it over a jug. Pour the contents of the jar into the sieve and let them drain through naturally. Decant the gin into a pre-sterilised bottle and seal.
Serve with ice and tonic, with a spiral of orange peel (if you’re feeling like a master mixologist).