For our final Gin Club selection of the year, I’m excited to introduce a brand new gin made right across the bay in Sausalito! Marin Coastal Gin is the first gin released by Sausalito Spirits Company. Comprised mostly of botanicals sourced from around Marin County, this is a gin that truly represents its origins. It is a good reminder of how fortunate we are to live in a place as diverse and beautiful as the Bay Area. Happy holidays to all!
Sausalito Liquor Co. Marin Coastal Gin
Origin: Sausalito, CA
About Sausalito Liquor Co:
For those on the noble search for a cocktail without conventional expectations, we introduce Sausalito Liquor Co. – the creator of delicious, bold, and unapologetically drinkable spirits inspired by the magic of Sausalito, California. These spirits are meant to be enjoyed with just a few other simple ingredients in any glass you have handy and with good friends and family – no Ph.D. in mixology required.
Launched in October 2023, we set out to return the tradition of making spirits to the seaside town after the area's last distillery in Sausalito burned down in 1963. Our spirits include Marin Coastal Gin, Unsinkable Bourbon, and Unsinkable Rye and are making their way to bars, restaurants, markets and liquor stores throughout California.
About Marin Coastal Gin:
Marin County’s soul comes from the contrast between its beautiful, rugged land and the wild, unpredictable sea that surrounds it. Green hills tumble into an unpredictable ocean creating a place that draws different thinkers and creators alike. In this spirit, we created Marin Coastal Gin, a balanced coastal gin that highlights California orange and lemon citrus peel, Nori seaweed foraged off the coast of Bodega Bay, Angelica seeds from Santa Rosa, and a combination of two types of Juniper. All in all, 11 different botanicals. The result – a damn drinkable gin. It delivers great balance whether you are making a martini, cocktail or just want to sip it. Loved by die hard gin drinkers and the gin-curious alike.
Founder: Scott Jampol
Marin Coastal Gin explodes with bright citrus peel and spice upfront. Find the aroma of angelica shining through and dancing the do-si-do with the juniper.
Kicks off with a velvety, round, and warming mouthfeel. Fresh citrus peel and earthy sweetness on the opening with a steady build of juniper and spice, wandering into a hint of maritime saltiness.
A subtle sweetness carries the one-two punch of California citrus and herbal notes toward a lingering finish of dry spice.
The Pink Houseboat
1.5 oz Sausalito Liquor Co. Marin Coastal Gin
.75 oz Aperol
.25 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
.75 oz lemon juice
.5 oz simple syrup (or slightly less of agave syrup)
Assemble all the ingredients in your Boston shaker. Shake well with two clutches of ice cubes for 20 seconds or until you fear frostbite on your fingertips. Pour this maddeningly lovely pink concoction over fresh ice in a Collins glass (or whatever vessel speaks to you – red Solo cup?). Garnish with a nice lemon peel.
Pomegranate Marin Gin Gimlet
2 oz Sausalito Liquor Co. Marin Coastal Gin
1.25 oz pomegranate juice
1.25 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
.75 oz simple syrup
Lime wedge and pomegranate seeds for garnish
Combine gin, juices, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice. Shake vigorously until you get thirsty. Strain into martini glass or a rocks glass with fresh ice and garnish with a lime wedge and pomegranate seeds. Enjoy, rinse and repeat. Drink responsibly and happy holidays.
Recipes courtesy of Sausalito Liquor Co.