Homemade Holiday Hooch

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[ Homemade Holiday Hooch ] ~ from HerbCo
[ Homemade Holiday Hooch ] ~ from Herbco
As we say goodbye to 2020 (thank goodness!), it might be tempting to reminisce about holiday celebrations of the past when family and friends gathered close without being separated by layers of cloth and six feet. No doubt this year’s celebrations will be small and subdued, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t be of good cheer. Our grandparents and great grandparents experienced similar trying times, whether due to economic depression, pandemic or prohibition, and they persisted by sticking to the basics and practicing self-reliance – with a little help from bathtub gin.
Fortunately, you won’t have to resort to an “alky cooker” (copper still) or keep a supply of corn sugar and yeast on hand to make flavorful (and safe) holiday spirits at home for enjoying over ice or mixing into cocktails. Here we offer recipes for basic, botanical-inspired, bootleg-style booze without the bathtub.

First, some tidbits about prohibition... Juniper Berry


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buy bulk whole juniper berry
juniper berry, whole
A key flavoring in gin (with or without the tub), juniper berries have a fruity yet mildly resinous taste that goes well with allspice, black peppercorns, elderberry and chili powder.
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cinnamon sticks, 2 ¾"
Sweet and spicy, cinnamon lends mild heat and complexity to gin and vodka infusions, as well as bourbon and whiskey blends.
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buy bulk crystallized ginger
crystallized ginger root, pieces
Candied ginger adds just the right amount of sweetness to homemade hooch, with a bit of bite in the finish. Partners include cinnamon, allspice, ginger, rose, and lemongrass.
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pink peppercorns, whole
This berry of the Brazilian Pepper Tree offers a piney, citrus- like flavor that goes well with juniper berries, rosemary, mint, cinnamon and ginger, as well as citrus fruits.
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chili pepper, powder
Chilis provide heat and, depending on the amount used, serious zip. The spice pairs particularly well with cinnamon, bay, elderberry, ginger, nutmeg and allspice.
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allspice, whole
Harvested from a tree in the myrtle family, allspice has a flavor similar to clove that goes well with cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, star anise and coriander.
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