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Friday, September 23, 2011

Drink of the Week: St. George Terroir Gin

Long known for its pioneering approach to distilling, St. George Spirits is at it again with today’s Drink of the Week—the Terroir gin—one of three new gins the distillery released just earlier this month. Inspired by the coastal forests on northern California’s Mount Tam, this gin calls on a blend of local botanicals, including Douglas fir, sage and bay laurel foraged in part by distiller Lance Winters. The result is a spirit with earthy, woodsy aromas, fresh herbs flavors and a bright citrus-y backbone. Sip it neat or in the Aristocrat cocktail with Cynar, Dolin Blanc and celery bitters.
$31, klwines.com

The Aristocrat
1 1/2 oz. St. George Terroir gin
3/4 oz. Cynar
1/2 oz. Dolin Blanc
2 dashes Bitter Truth celery bitters
Ice cubes
Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer
Glass: cocktail
Garnish: celery leaf, optional

Combine all ingredients and stir with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass and garnish.

Eric Grenier, Luka's Taproom and Lounge, Oakland