A gin that unites the coasts

With the pandemic still with us, we’ve been cooking, eating – and drinking – more at home. One cocktail that’s been trending of late — and indeed is always a summer fave – is the gin and tonic. We like to take a stemless wine glass, put a little gin in the bottom and add a lot of tonic, a slice of lime and ice – and then exhale.

Might we suggest you try a nature-inspired gin newly arrived on our coast? Gray Whale Gin was founded in 2018 by the husband-and-wife team of Marsh and Jan Mohktari while they were on a family camping trip in Big Sur. The gin was sparked by the migratory path of the Pacfic Gray Whale. Its ingredients – juniper, kombu, almonds, limes, fir and mint — are all organically farmed or hand-harvested along the gray whale’s 12,000-mile journey from Baja to Mendocino, California. Here’s a recipe from the company itself:

Whale Hello There 

2 ounces Gray Whale Gin 
.5 ounce lime juice 
.5 ounce lemon juice 
.5 ounce agave syrup

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in the gin, lime juice, lemon juice and agave. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass or strain over a rocks glass filled with ice, depending on preference. Garnish with a lemon twist and serve immediately, toasting coast to coast.

Georgette Gouveia

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