THE SPIRIT

Master Distiller Carter Raff hand-crafts each and every drop of this small batch gin. It starts with a brandy made from 100% California grapes, which is then re-distilled with juniper berries, orris root, coriander seed, angelica root, bitter orange peel, lemon peel, cinnamon bark and licorice root.

The final product: A well-balanced floral gin with notes of fresh citrus, along with subtle hints of earthy minerals and pepper. Clean and crisp finish that ends with a soft burst of fresh cinnamon.

Situated on Treasure Island, Raff Distillery was formerly used as a Navy brig. In fact, the distillation equipment can be found in the yard, while the prison cells have been converted into a bottling area.

THE STORY

In the 1860s, California was suffering from an epidemic of stray dogs. In fact, dogs were said to outnumber people in Los Angeles by nearly 2:1. In lovely San Francisco, however, two stray dogs named Bummer and Lazarus were beloved by the city, and recognized for their unique bond.

Bummer, a Newfoundland, made a living by begging for scraps along Montgomery Street. In 1861, he rescued Lazarus from a fight with a larger dog and from then on the two dogs became inseparable. Eventually, newspapers and magazines began running stories of the dogs' exploits, mainly because they were deemed the best "ratters" in the city. When Lazarus was captured by a dog catcher in 1862, a mob of angry citizens demanded his release and petitioned the city to have the pair declared public property. City supervisors were soon forced to release Lazarus, and declared thereafter that the duo would be exempt from city ordinances against stray dogs.

When Lazarus died over 30,000 people attended the funeral, and when Bummer died Mark Twain wrote the eulogy. In fact, he actually wrote the dogs into some of his stories as well.


The Alpine Trek

  • 1 oz. Bummer & Lazarus Gin
  • 1 oz. Dolin Génépy Des Alpes
  • 1/2 oz. Lemon
  • 2 dashes Bitter Truth Celery Bitters
  • Bundaberg Ginger Beer
RECIPE BY: DAVIN AFFRUNTI

Combine first 4 ingredients into a mixing glass with ice, and shake until chilled. Strain into a Collins glass with ice, then top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lemon wheel. Drink responsibly.

Slightly floral, slightly vegetable, with a refreshing zing at the end. Enjoy one... or four. We don't judge. So long as you remember to clean up after your pooch.