A little bit of red tape … It isn’t hard to make great spirits at home, but you do have to play by the rules. In New Zealand, Austria, Italy, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Ukraine it is perfectly legal to home distill for personal use, but elsewhere it is not. In most countries it is illegal for an individual to use a still for the purpose of making their own pure alcohol to drink.
Yet it’s not against the law to own a water distillation unit or a simple ‘plug in and press start’ air-still, and many people already use these devices to distill water or to make essential oils.
If you are in a country where amateur distillation is not permitted, you will need to purchase the base alcohol from a store in order to create your own liqueur, spirit or schnapps. Low priced vodka or everclear (grain alcohol) is ideal for this purpose.
You may apply for a licence to distill your own alcohol in certain countries including the UK. We strongly recommend that you check the legal status of amateur distillation beforehand.
Please note that using the ‘Still Spirits’ flavourings, yeasts and most other distilling products is perfectly LEGAL in every country.