The Science and Art Behind Conniption

Science Meets the Art of Gin Making

At Durham Distillery, we employ a unique two-step process that showcases the complexity and quality of each ingredient.

This process combines time-honored gin-making traditions with techniques borrowed from modern chemistry to create spirits that are both classic and contemporary. Award-winning Conniption gins start their journey in the 230-liter custom-designed copper pot still from Germany in order to establish their flavors using time-tested, traditional vapor infusion. This includes foundational gin ingredients, such as our 95% neutral corn ethanol base, as well as juniper, Indian coriander, and cardamom. 


And then, we have some fun. 


More delicate botanicals such as cucumbers and honeysuckle flowers are individually vacuum distilled at room temperature on our 20-liter rotary evaporator, thereby maintaining their clean, crisp flavor profile.  This modern distillation technique allows the botanicals to retain their integrity. As these ingredients are not heated or baked, they maintain a highly accurate flavor profile and their freshness is preserved without becoming harsh. These individual flavored vodkas or distillates are then blended into the gin base in specific proportions, which translates into consistency from batch to batch.

We take pride that we’re bringing in modern laboratory techniques of today and marrying them with the past. The South's Gin Renaissance has arrived.  Taste why Conniption gins are modern classics and the gins of the South.

Go Ahead. Have a Conniption.

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