The Open Sauce gin making kits are the brainchild of Ian Hart of Sacred's Microdistillery inviting you to create your own gin.
Open Sauce 'Traditional' contains the following botanicals in 200ml bottles: Juniper, Citrus - mixed, Angelica, Cardamom, Licorice and Coriander.
Ian gives some suggesitions...
"To start with I recommend tasting each botanical distillate by itself at room temperature or a with a little ice.
Each one of the botanicals is delicious on its own and, in addition, has a purpose as a gin constituent. Juniper, for example is the essential ingredient in all London Dry Gins and should be the predominant flavour. Equally, a Citrus (Orange, Lemon, Pink Grapefruit or Lime) element is common to most, if not all gins, and is strongly recommended, though not essential in the strictest sense. Licorice can be used to introduce sweetness, is a vital component of the "Old Tom" style of gins, and present in many regular London Dry Gins. Both Angelica and Orris root have an earthy depth to their flavour and are used both in gin making and perfumery as a fixative, to help the flavours stabilise and meld together.
When you have familiarised yourself with each botanical, it's time to start mixing them to create your own gin. I recommend that each gin has a minimum of about 5 botanicals, though there is no hard rule. Here are 2 successful methods to try:
Method 1: Mix 25 ml Juniper distillate with 10 ml Citrus - mixed OR Pink Grapefruit. Next add a teaspoon (approx 1-2 ml) of one of the other botanicals of your choice. After each addition, stir and taste the result.
At some stage you will create something wonderful - make sure you write down the recipe. When you get to this stage it is very common to add something that spoils it, but don't worry. Put it to one side, and start again with larger quantities. Stop when you have recreated your wonderful gin and don't add the spoiler. This is your first unique gin.
Method 2: Combine 1 ml Juniper distillate with 10 ml Sacred Gin and taste. Then take 1ml of any of the other botanical distillates of your choice, add and taste again. Then add 1ml of a different one, taste, and so on - there is no limit, and you do not have to add Juniper as Sacred Gin is already very well balanced (though all botanical additions are worth trying.) It is very helpful to do this with friends so you can compare notes. Use as much or as little of the extra botanicals as you like - it does not have to be 1:10 ratio - please experiment according to your instinct.
Good luck with your recipes!"
There are 2 different Open Sauce collections, each including the essential Juniper distillate and 5 other botanicals.
All the fresh cut botanicals in Sacred Gin are distilled separately, under vacuum, and it is this unique process that gives Sacred Gin its distinctive freshness, and gives you the opportunity to create your own gin or personalise Sacred Gin.
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