While you may be having a dry January, there is nothing to stop you from preparing some alcohol-infused drinks to be enjoyed at a later date, and Seville Orange Gin gets better with age, while using the seasonal glut of Seville Oranges to create a delicious flavoured gin.

It’s a simple process, ideal if you have some leftover oranges after your marmalade making, but it does require patience.


  • 1 litre gin
  • 5 Seville oranges
  • 8 green cardamom pods
  • 1 lemongrass stalk (optional)


  • Slice the Seville Oranges in half, then into thick slices
  • Put the slices into a sterilized 1.5L kilner jar
  • Add Cardamom pods and lemongrass (you could use rosemary stalks or Christmassy star anise)
  • Top with the gin, seal and leave for a month at least, and preferably longer.