Spirit Works – Who Are These Guys….and Gals?!?

Sebastopol’s Spirit Works was founded by husband and wife team Ashby and Timo Marshall who spent over a decade working with environmental non-profits. Like their unique gin, they bring a combination of traditional British legacy and innovative West Coast style to the Distillery. Timo hails from a small village in England, where his family has been refining their sloe gin recipe for generations, using sloes picked every autumn along the coastal hills. Ashby, on the other hand, has a deep passion and impressive palate for whiskey and its intricacies. She is West Coast bred and thrilled to be the first distiller in her family. Today, they can be found working side by side at the distillery with their Boston terrier, Bandit. They are incredibly excited to make something together, by hand, that they can be proud of and others can enjoy.

Spirit Works Distillery is dedicated to the “grain to glass” philosophy. Each batch starts with organic California wheat, which is milled, mashed, fermented, and distilled—entirely on site at the distillery. This hands-on approach allows control of all aspects of the process, creating a premium product whose quality has been strictly monitored every step of the way.

So just what is Sloe gin? Sloe gin is a British red liqueur flavored with sloe (blackthorn) drupes, which are a small fruit relative of the plum. Traditional sloe gin is a berry-infused liqueur made by steeping sloe drupes in gin and adding just a touch of sweetness.

In the UK, foraging the wild berries, steeping them in gin, and making the liqueur has been part of rural family tradition for centuries. Spirit Works’ Sloe Gin recipe has been handed down through the Marshall family for generations. They start with their signature gin, which they macerate with sloe berries until the delicious fruit flavor and color have fully released in the gin. This vibrantly-hued liqueur features both bright berry and citrus notes, combining ripe sweetness with fresh acidity.

Traditionally, sloe gin is served after a meal by itself as a digestif, but its unique color and flavor also combine wonderfully with a wide variety of spirits and cocktails. It also makes a fantastic Sloe Gin Fizz – Just splendid!

We are featuring Spirit Works Sloe Gin through March 30th for $32.99

Spirit Works Sloe Gin Fizz recipe


1 3/4 OZ Spirit Works Sloe Gin
3/4 OZ Lemon Juice
1 (heavy) tsp fine sugar
Splash of soda water
1 fresh egg white (optional, but recommended)

Shake well with ice in a cocktail shaker, then strain into a Collins glass with ice, top with soda water.

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