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Tag: Gin

Gin and Tonic: A Short History

One of the simplest and most satisfying beverages known around the world is the drink we call The Gin and Tonic. Gin Farallon, tonic water, ice and garnish are the only four ingredients needed, but origins of the Gin and Tonic are not nearly as simplistic. Gin, originally known as Genever (dutch for juniper) dates back to mid 16th century Holland, where it was prescribed as a medicine and was thought to aid with circulation. Genever was quite different from […]

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The Botanical Magic of Gin

Craft distilling has seen a surge of creative growth in the last decade, and gin is among the main spirit categories experiencing this boom. Gin production relies heavily on juniper and other botanicals to create the category’s signature flavors. There are two basic methods used to make gin: There’s compounded gin, which is made by soaking raw botanicals in a high-proof base spirit. And then there is distilled gin, which is far costlier and labor intensive to produce, but is […]

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Ebra Gin: Distilled at Coastal Spirits

At Coastal Spirits we help brand owners craft their product through our contract distilling option. One of our hottest products produced currently is Ebra Gin. Over the past few years, we have been working closely with brand owner Caitlyn Krug to bring her idea of a Spanish-inspired gin to life. Ebra was an opportunity to create a grape-based gin that focuses on floral and citrus notes using varieties of botanical ingredients, two of the most important being violet and orris […]

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Uncorked Corner: Balancing Botanicals and Drinking Gin

We had the opportunity to collaborate with our friends at Uncorked Corner on their unique podcast this month on the episode “Balancing Botanicals and Drinking Gin.” Uncorked Corner is a community for people to come together over good food and fine wine — cherishing the idea of enjoying a great meal and recognizing makers and tastes from all around the globe. They have a passion for giving craft and local food and beverage artisans a platform to share their products, […]

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Crafting Quality: Orris Root in Gin Production

Producing a quality, balanced gin requires a variety of botanical ingredients, and orris root is one of the more important ones. The taste of orris root is often not mentioned by even the most dedicated of gin drinkers. Why? Because of its specialized role in gin production as not only an aromatic but also a fixative.  The cultivation of orris root is a lengthy process refined over hundreds of years. Orris root derives from the bulb of iris plants native […]

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Holy Wood, Misunderstood: The Real Story of Palo Santo and Holy Wood & Cask

Palo Santo — which means “holy stick,” or, perhaps more elegantly, “holy wood” — is becoming a thing these days. You’ll find it in soaps, candles, incense, personal care products and yoga studios. And Etsy. And there’s a reason: its aroma is huge, distinctive, and indescribably divine. Palo Santo is a uniquely aromatic wood that comes from a tree that grows in Central and South America. It’s related to the trees that produce the fragrant resins frankincense and myrrh. In […]

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The Wait is Over: Coastal Spirits Distilling’s Gin Farallon Blackfruit and Holy Wood & Cask Have Officially Landed

2020 has been such an unfortunate year of hard work and dashed expectations for so many families and businesses, including for us at Coastal Spirits Distilling. We started the year with high hopes, officially launching our two newest gin expressions, both of which were years in the making: Gin Farallon Blackfruit, and Holy Wood & Cask. And then almost immediately after releasing the first bottles, Holy Wood took home a coveted Gold medal at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits […]

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