What’s a celebration without a little drink?
To commemorate Desert Botanical Garden’s 85th anniversary in February, we are thrilled to announce a private label gin collection in partnership with Chandler-based SanTan Spirits.
“SanTan is honored to help celebrate the 85th anniversary of the Desert Botanical Gardens. The combination of this iconic Arizona landmark and our award winning gins is a collaboration that is as unique as the breathtaking desert we live in”, says Jeff Hattfield, SanTan Spirits.
The gin collection titled Gertrude’s Founders Gin pays tribute to the Garden’s founders — philanthropist Gertrude Divine Webster and Swedish botanist Gustaf Starck — and are exclusively available at the Garden in two options. The first label is the Citrus Rose Gin: Juniper & Botanicals, a blend of nine botanicals, including rosebuds, grapefruit and lavender finished with hibiscus flowers. The other label is London Dry Gin: Navy Strength, a blend of 12 botanicals, including juniper, grains of paradise, white pepper and Arizona orange peel.
Both gins will be available for sale at the Garden starting Feb. 10 for $39.85 per bottle (no sales tax). The proceeds from each sale benefit the Garden and support its mission.
The Garden chose gin for its 85th anniversary to pay homage to Webster’s affinity for a good gin. Her drink choice was a gin martini, according to Garden historians.
Visit the Garden on Feb. 10 for its 85th Anniversary Celebration, featuring complimentary saguaro-shaped cookies, behind-the-scenes tours, musical performances and so much more. And don’t forget to purchase one of these exclusive gin bottles to take home.
And try your hand at a cocktail with our gin collection. Recipes courtesy of Gertrude’s Restaurant. These cocktails are also available at Gertrude’s.
Build in mixing glass over ice
- 1 Ounce Founders Citrus-Rose Gin
- .5 Ounce Empress Elderflower Gin
- .5 Ounce Strega
- .5 Ounce Lime juice
- .5 Ounce Hibiscus Monin
- .25 Ounce Pineapple juice
Shake six to seven times and strain into mezcal washed glass.
- 1 Ounce Founders Navy Strength Gin
- .75 Ounces Empress Indigo Gin
- 1 Ounce Vodka (ours is infused with butterfly pea tea)
- .25 Ounce Lillet
Shake well with ice, strain and serve in martini glass.