Blue Ruin is a robust, assertive, juniper-forward blend that will appeal to traditionally minded gin drinkers. Its name harkens back to an epithet for gin used by anti-spirits crusaders during the “Gin Craze” that followed England's Glorious Revolution. However, unlike the original Blue Ruin that so frightened those 18th-century moralists, this blend's powerful evergreen notes are rounded out with herbal notes of rosemary and thyme.
Brewing your own gin is simple. Pour the blend into a vessel containing 750 mL of your favorite middle-of-the-shelf vodka (like Smirnoff) and put it in a cool, dark place. After four days (or longer if you prefer more flavorful gins), strain out the botanicals and pour yourself your favorite drink!