They were hoping to make a splash.
"Like all good business stories, we came up with the idea while we were drinking," laughs Joe Maiellano.
He is a political consultant in Washington D.C. His business partner, Jack Hubbard, is a fundraiser for non-profits.
At least that is what they do by day. At night, Maiellano started making gin at home.
"Each batch after batch after batch," he says. "You tweak it and you get a little closer to what you want."
The ninth try was the charm. In fact, they liked Maiellano's gin so much that they started a company called The Homemade Gin Kit.
"It was fine at the beginning," says Maiellano. "I kind of told my wife what we were doing and she just rolled her eyes."
Months later, she was rolling her eyes again when the business started taking over the condo.
Each Homemade Gin Kit comes with a set of instructions and two glass bottles. You supply the vodka. All the other ingredients are in the kit, which costs $39. You infuse the vodka with Juniper berries, herbs and spices. In 36 hours, you have gin.
When they started, the goal was to sell about 250 of the kits between Thanksgiving and Father's Day. Instead, they sold ten times that in just six weeks.
They are still working their day jobs, but now have warehouse space in Dulles, Va.
Everything they have earned goes back into the company.
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