A gin that unites the coasts

Gray Whale Gin, inspired by the migratory path of the Pacific gray whale along the California, is now available in New York.

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.

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