How to Infuse Gin With Fruit: 10 Delicious Flavors

Published April 18, 2022
fruit to infuse gin

It's not often you find any infused flavor of gin on the shelves, aside from the usual rotation of botanical flavors and sometimes a one-off fruit flavor, gin goes relatively unnoticed in the flavor liquor world. Thankfully, home infusion flavors couldn't be easier. Whether you dream of a berry-infused gin or something a bit romantic like a plum-infused gin, there's an infusion for any whim or occasion.

Pear-Infused Gin

Give your gin a soft pear flavor, perfect for enjoying neat, in a pear martini, or mixed into a classic gin pear cocktail.

pears to infuse gin

Ingredients

  • 2 pears cored and sliced
  • 750mL gin
  • Two large clean bottles or jars
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer
  • Funnel

Instructions

  1. Carefully slice the pear, omitting any seeds or stems.
  2. In a large clean bottle or jars, add pears and gin.
  3. After capping, swirl the container gently to start to mix the ingredients.
  4. Store in a cool, dark place for approximately 3 to 4 days. Give the container a light swirl each day.
  5. On the last day of steeping, sample a small amount by pouring a splash into a glass. If you want more pear flavor, allow it to steep longer.
  6. If the pear gin is to your liking, carefully remove the pear slices and discard them.
  7. To store the infusion, funnel the infused vodka into the second clean bottle, filtering with the cheesecloth.
  8. Carefully seal.

You can use the newly infused gin right away. Take care to store unused gin in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dark place for approximately one to two years without the flavor diminishing. However, discard it when the flavor starts to fade or tastes "off."

Cranberry-Infused Gin

Play on the juniper gin flavors by adding tart cranberry.

cranberries to infuse gin

Ingredients

  • 1½ to 2 cups slightly crushed cranberries
  • 750mL gin
  • Two large clean bottles or jars
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer
  • Funnel

Instructions

  1. In a large, clean jar or bottle, add prepared cranberries and gin and tightly seal.
  2. Give the mix a gentle shake.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place for approximately 3 to 4 days, gently shaking the container each day.
  4. After the infusion has steeped, pour a small amount into a glass to sample. If it meets your expectations, funnel and strain ingredients into a second clean jar or bottle. Otherwise, allow the ingredients to steep further.

Cherry-Infused Gin

Skip the artificial cherry flavors found on the liquor store shelves in favor of your own homemade cherry infusion.

cherries in jar for infused gin

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups pitted cherries
  • 750mL gin
  • Two large clean bottles or jars
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer
  • Funnel

Instructions

  1. In a large, clean jar or bottle, add prepared cherries and gin and tightly seal.
  2. Give the mix a gentle shake.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place for approximately 3 to 4 days, gently shaking the container each day.
  4. After the infusion has steeped, pour a small amount into a glass to sample. If it meets your expectations, funnel and strain ingredients into a second clean jar or bottle. Otherwise, allow the ingredients to steep further.

Peach-Infused Gin

Dream of summery flavors year-round with a juicy peach infusion.

peaches for infused gin

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups pitted cherries
  • 750mL gin
  • Two large clean bottles or jars
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer
  • Funnel

Instructions

  1. In a large, clean jar or bottle, add prepared cherries and gin and tightly seal.
  2. Give the mix a gentle shake.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place for approximately 3 to 4 days, gently shaking the container each day.
  4. After the infusion has steeped, pour a small amount into a glass to sample. If it meets your expectations, funnel and strain ingredients into a second clean jar or bottle. Otherwise, allow the ingredients to steep further.

Strawberry-Infused Gin

Pair your favorite gin with the bright flavors of strawberry. Imagine the Negronis!

strawberries for infused gin

Ingredients

  • 1½ to 2 cups hulled and sliced fresh strawberries
  • 750mL gin
  • Two large clean bottles or jars
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer
  • Funnel

Instructions

  1. In a large, clean jar or bottle, add prepared strawberries and gin and tightly seal.
  2. Give the mix a gentle shake.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place for approximately 3 to 4 days, gently shaking the container each day.
  4. After the infusion has steeped, pour a small amount into a glass to sample. If it meets your expectations, funnel and strain ingredients into a second clean jar or bottle. Otherwise, allow the ingredients to steep further.

Pineapple-Infused Gin

Explore the tropical sides of gin and gin cocktails by infusing yours with pineapple.

pineapple infused gin

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups peeled and cubed pineapple
  • 750mL gin
  • Two large clean bottles or jars
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer
  • Funnel

Instructions

  1. In a large, clean jar or bottle, add prepared pineapple and gin and tightly seal.
  2. Give the mix a gentle shake.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place for approximately 3 to 4 days, gently shaking the container each day.
  4. After the infusion has steeped, pour a small amount into a glass to sample. If it meets your expectations, funnel and strain ingredients into a second clean jar or bottle. Otherwise, allow the ingredients to steep further.

Plum-Infused Gin

Plum is a dreamy and whimsical flavor that'll elevate any ordinary gin cocktail to a whole new level.

Plums for infused gin

Ingredients

  • 7-9 pitted plums
  • 750mL gin
  • Two large clean bottles or jars
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer
  • Funnel

Instructions

  1. In a large, clean jar or bottle, add prepared plums and gin and tightly seal.
  2. Give the mix a gentle shake.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place for approximately 3 to 4 days, gently shaking the container each day.
  4. After the infusion has steeped, pour a small amount into a glass to sample. If it meets your expectations, funnel and strain ingredients into a second clean jar or bottle. Otherwise, allow the ingredients to steep further.

Pomegranate-Infused Gin

Skip the pomegranate juice mixer by adding pomegranate seeds directly to your gin. Pro tip: seed the pomegranate while submerged in a bowl of water to cut down on the mess.

pomegranate infused gin

Ingredients

  • 1 to 1½ cups pomegranate seeds, approximately two to three pomegranates
  • 750mL gin
  • Two large clean bottles or jars
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer
  • Funnel

Instructions

  1. In a large, clean jar or bottle, add prepared pomegranate seeds and gin and tightly seal.
  2. Give the mix a gentle shake.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place for approximately 3 to 4 days, gently shaking the container each day.
  4. After the infusion has steeped, pour a small amount into a glass to sample. If it meets your expectations, funnel and strain ingredients into a second clean jar or bottle. Otherwise, allow the ingredients to steep further.

Blackberry-Infused Gin

When you have blackberry gin on hand, you're more than halfway to a bramble at any time. Isn't that the life? Not an even more pronounced blackberry flavor, every so gently crush the blackberries to release juices.

blackberry infused gin

Ingredients

  • 1½ to 2 cups blackberries
  • 750mL gin
  • Two large clean bottles or jars
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer
  • Funnel

Instructions

  1. In a large, clean jar or bottle, add prepared blackberries and gin and tightly seal.
  2. Give the mix a gentle shake.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place for approximately 3 to 4 days, gently shaking the container each day.
  4. After the infusion has steeped, pour a small amount into a glass to sample. If it meets your expectations, funnel and strain ingredients into a second clean jar or bottle. Otherwise, allow the ingredients to steep further.

Blueberry-Infused Gin

Who doesn't want a beautiful bottle of violet-hued gin on their shelf? Take the chance on a visually striking and tasting gin.

blueberry infused gin

Ingredients

  • 1½ to 2 cups blueberries
  • 750mL gin
  • Two large clean bottles or jars
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer
  • Funnel

Instructions

  1. Slice or very lightly muddle the blueberries. If you're using a jar, you can mash directly in the jar.
  2. In a large, clean jar or bottle, add prepared blackberries and gin and tightly seal.
  3. Give the mix a gentle shake.
  4. Store in a cool, dry place for approximately 3 to 4 days, gently shaking the container each day.
  5. After the infusion has steeped, pour a small amount into a glass to sample. If it meets your expectations, funnel and strain ingredients into a second clean jar or bottle. Otherwise, allow the ingredients to steep further.

Variations of Fruit-Infused Gin

Mix and match your fruit flavors with other fruits, a little heat, or go with complex notes by adding herbs or spices. Just remember, you aren't pairing with just fruit flavors but the juniper notes in gin, as well.

  • Create a cardamom-infused gin flavor by adding 6-10 gentle crushed cardamom pods to your infusion.
  • Add two to three sprigs of fresh basil, mint, rosemary, or sage for an herbaceous touch.
  • If you want a crisp balance, add a whole cucumber cut into wheels.
  • Sometimes a sweeter gin is called for, and you can achieve this by adding a half cup of honey.
  • Add a whole vanilla bean for a soft, sweet flavor.
  • Citrus adds an excellent balance to fruit and gin. You can achieve this by using two to three whole sliced lemons or limes as well as a whole sliced large orange.

Fruit-Infused Gin Flavor Pairings

Consider these flavor pairings. Remember that these aren't the only options, merely a springboard for your imagination.

  • Strawberry + blackberry
  • Strawberry + orange
  • Peach + blueberry
  • Peach + blueberry
  • Blueberries + rosemary
  • Pineapple + pomegranate
  • Plum + cherry
  • Pear + cardamom
  • Plum + ginger
  • Pomegranate + lemon
  • Cranberry + lime
  • Blackberry + mint
  • Blueberry + pear
  • Pear + honey
  • Blueberry + orange

Fruit-Infused Gin Cocktails

While these certainly aren't the only fruit-flavored gin cocktails you can make, they're a great place to start experimenting as you develop your own recipes.

Fruit-Infused Gin Martini

This martini recipe calls for the pomegranate infusion, but you can use any of the fruit flavors. If the taste is too dry or bitter, start with a quarter ounce of simple syrup.

pomegranate infused gin martini

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a mixing glass, add ice, fruit gin, dry vermouth, and lemon juice.
  3. Stir rapidly to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with orange ribbon.

Fruity Highball

Pick your favorite of the fruit-flavored gin infusions to build a delicious highball effortlessly.

fruit infused gin highball cocktails

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces blueberry-infused gin
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Club soda to top off
  • Blueberries and rosemary sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add ice, blueberry gin, lime juice, and simple syrup.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Top off with club soda.
  4. Garnish with blueberries and rosemary sprig.

Gin Smash

Nothing layers or marries flavors better than using muddled fresh fruit.

gin smash cocktail with strawberries

Ingredients

  • 2-3 hulled and sliced strawberries
  • 2 ounces peach-infused gin
  • ¾ ounce elderflower liqueur
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ ounce simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Strawberry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker muddle strawberry slices with simple syrup.
  2. Add ice, peach gin, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, and orange juice.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  5. Garish with strawberry.

The Orchard's Negroni

Whether you picked your fruit from an orchard or a bramble, your fruit gin will upgrade the classic Negroni.

infused gin negroni

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces cherry-infused gin
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • Ice
  • Orange slice for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a mixing glass, add ice, cherry gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth.
  2. Stir rapidly to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with orange slice.

Mixers for Fruit-Infused Gin Drinks

With just a blink of an eye, you'll have a fruit-flavored gin cocktail using any of these mixers.

  • Tonic water
  • Plain club soda
  • Flavored club soda, such as coconut, vanilla, fruit, berry, lemon, or lime
  • Lemon-lime soda
  • Orange juice
  • Pineapple juice
  • Lemon juice
  • Lime juice
  • Coconut water
  • Honey
  • Simple syrup
  • Apricot brandy
  • Apple brandy
  • Champagne or prosecco
  • Orange liqueur
  • Cranberry juice
  • Cherry juice
  • Earl Grey tea
  • Lemonade
  • Limeade

A Fruit-Infused Gin for Any Wish

Don't be frightened or intimated by the idea of infusing gin; although it does have all those forward juniper notes, it blends pretty seamlessly with fruit flavors. Whether you want a bramble in two steps or want something modern for brunch, fruit-infused gin is the way of the future.

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How to Infuse Gin With Fruit: 10 Delicious Flavors