No 209 Gin: T.G.I.F. Cocktail Recipes for January 22

Our interactions with No 209 Gin began with a hand-written note.  We like that and find it worthy of note.  Even our name was correctly spelled!

No 209 Gin (92 Proof) is an award-winning spirit, handcrafted in small batches by Master Distiller and Ginerator Arne Hillesland.  The gin is then distilled five times.  It is made with 8 natural botanicals from four continents. 

The workers?

No 209 is created by a multi-generational family-owned business in California.  They have been working with a spice broker in the UK who has been brokering for over 130 years. 

No 209 Gin: T.G.I.F. Cocktail Recipes: January 22The name for the company comes from a serendipitous find by founder Leslie Rudd.  He came upon a stone hay barn that had the name in faded letters over double iron doors.  Rudd researched the name and found that the original No 209 Distillery came to be in 1882.  They were the 209th legal distillery in the United States. 

Rudd recreated No 209 in 2005 in San Francisco, the only distillery to be constructed over water, on Pier 50.


(1) No 209 Gin (750ml)

No 209 Classic Cocktail Recipes:

Gingerberry Snap

A refreshing and perfect pairing of ginger and gin.
1.5 Oz No 209 Gin
3-4 Oz Cranberry Juice
2 Oz Ginger Ale

Basil Gimlet

A classic combination of No 209 Gin, lime juice, simple syrup and basil.
2.5 Oz No 209 Gin
.75 Oz Lime Juice
.5 Oz Simple Syrup
3 Basil Leaves


Our version of a delicious mojito — best served up garnished with mint.
1.5 Oz No 209 Gin
1 Oz Simple Syrup  
No 209 Gin

.75 Oz Lime Juice
3 Oz Club Soda

Rosemary Salty Dog

Well-balanced with a hint of savory elements.
1.5 Oz No 209 Gin
3 Oz Grapefruit Juice
Rosemary Sprig
Kosher Salt

Cucumber Flash

A refreshing cocktail with subtle hints of muddled cucumber.
1.5 Oz No 209 Gin
.75 Oz Lemon Juice
.5 Oz Simple Syrup
4 Slices Cucumber

Classic Martini

An all-time favorite martini — we stir and never shake.
2 Oz No 209 Gin
1 Oz Dry Vermouth
1 dash Orange Bitters

To get your No 209 Gin, you may search online from the 209 website.  We also found it here for $25.99.  Other sites were more expensive or had some weird steps-to-go-through to buy.

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