Cost of Producing Spirits & Liqueurs


Check out below the costs of producing your own spirits and bear in mind the savings in excise tax (duty) and VAT charged on a litre bottle of spirits or liqueur. (Check out the government website here)

On an £15.00 1 litre bottle of 37.5% ABV spirits for example you will not only pay VAT but also pay £27.66 per litre (at 100% ABV) of duty. There is in a litre bottle of spirit at 37.5% – 375 mls of 100% ABV alcohol which will  incur duty of £10.37 plus VAT, so most of the cost of your £15.00 bottle of spirits is TAX. Something to consider!

Cost of producing a litre of 40% ABV alcohol (vodka) by distillation

Triple Distilled Pack (Yeast/Carbon/Clear – makes 26L)                                       £6.99
6 x 1kg Bags of Sugar (approx costs at 50p kg)                                                           £3.00
Carbon Filter Cartridges (x6)                                                                                           £3.15
Total Cost (To make 6L of Alcohol at 40% ABV)                                                        £13.14

Cost per litre                                                                                                                   *£ 2.19

*These figures are based on using the ‘Still Spirits’ airstill. The Turbo 500 works out at approx £1.80 per litre.

To produce a spirit with a Top Shelf spirit flavour

1x Top Shelf Spirit Flavour (1 Bottle makes 3x750ml)                                           £3.99
2.25 litres of distilled spirit (see above)                                                                          £4.93
Total Cost to Produce                                                                                                             £8.92

Cost per 750ml bottle                                                                                                   £2.98

To produce a spirit with a Classic Spirit flavour

1x Classic Spirit Flavour (1 Sachet makes 1 litre)                                                      £2.49
1 litre of spirit base (see above)                                                                                           £2.19
Total Cost to Produce                                                                                                              £4.68

Cost per 750ml bottle                                                                                                      £3.51

To produce a liqueur with the Butterscotch Icon Schnapps flavour sachet

(other liqueurs in this range vary depending on alcohol content)

1x Icon Buttersotch Schnapps Flavour (1 sachet makes 750ml)                        £3.16
500ml of spirit base (see above)                                                                                         £1.10
Total Cost to Produce                                                                                                              £4.26

Cost per 750ml bottle                                                                                                     £4.26

To produce a liqueur with a Top Shelf Cream liqueur flavour

2x Top Shelf Cream Liqueur Flavour (2 Bottles makes 3x750ml)                      £6.20
1.95 litres of spirits base (see above) topped up to 2.25l with cold water        £4.27
2x Cream Liqueur base powder mix (Cream Liqueur base £4.65)                     £9.30
Total Cost to Produce                                                                                                           £15.31

Cost per 750ml bottle                                                                                                      £6.59

The amount of spirit base required to make liqueurs varies depending upon the flavour used. Therefore actual cost may vary, especially if using the liqueur base powder packs. See each liqueur type for the pack type needed, and specific mixing instructions.

If using the Air Still you should use only Triple Distilled Turbo Yeast, Turbo Carbon and Turbo Clear. Post distillation filter treatment with this unit can be achieved using the Air Still 1L Filter Unit and Carbon Cartridges.

Any yeast product can be used on the T500 (Triple Distilled, Classic 8, Express, Power or Heatwave). Note: Turbo Clear and Carbon Treatment are not essential with this unit.