Today, in honor of GIN-uary, we’re celebrating CapRock Organic Gin. It’s a total charmer – full-bodied, with a tantalizing blend of fruits, flowers, seeds and spices, and made on a biodynamic farm where most of the ingredients are grown.
Peak Spirits Farm Distillery started distilling their signature organic spirits and biodynamic grappa, wine and cider in 2005, and are a part of the certified organic Jack Rabbit Hill Farm in Hotchkiss, Colorado. They've already gotten a nod from the James Beard Foundation and won the 2012 Good Food Award in the gin and vodka categories. But that early success didn't go to their heads – it just reassured them that they were on the right path.
Owner Lance Hanson and his wife Anna were inspired by the area's natural bounty and by the European "farm distillery model" where farms used their fruit to make brandies. They installed a pot-still and started with brandies before quickly expanding into vodka and gin.
We're crazy for the gin, with its eucalyptus aroma, minty-fresh sweetness, supported by the quieter notes of juniper and citrus typical to most gins.
Its base is made from both organic Jonathan apples (which make the body nice and rich) from a nearby orchard, and organic Romanian winter wheat grown on site. The botanicals are the real deal: a blend of 12 different whole fruits, flowers, seeds and spices – no extracts or concentrates.
After distilling, it's brought to proof with water from the nearby CapRock basalt mountain rock formation at 11,000 feet elevation, which is considered some of the purest in the world. We're left with a pristine gin that's at once elegant, ethereal and earthy.
We like to highlight this gin's sweet, minty flavors by mixing it in a Negroni variation:
Apple Mint Negroni
1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.
2. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass and float a mint sprig on top.
Happy GIN-uary! To celebrate, we’re giving you 10% off all craft gins, all month long. Just use the code GINTASTIC at checkout.