2010 - Abe Stevens attends a spirits conference, nurturing the idea of a distillery of his own
2013 - Humbolt Distillery's first product goes on sale
2017 - Humbolt's Finest wins a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition
2019 - 1,000 cases sold
Humboldt's Finest is a great substitute for gin, but try it in these two featured cocktails.
1.5 oz Humboldt’s Finest
1 oz jasmine simple syrup*
.5 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
Combine ingredients in a highball glass with ice, top with seltzer water, garnish with a slice of cucumber, and enjoy.
*To prepare jasmine simple syrup, create a strong tea using 3 jasmine green tea bags and 1 cup boiling water. Combine 1 part hot tea with 1 part sugar, mixing until dissolved.
1.75 oz Humboldt’s Finest
.25 oz Green Chartreuse
.75 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
.5 oz simple syrup
1/4 of a small yellow bell pepper
Fresh oregano (3 leaves plus 1 stem for garnish)
Add 1 heaping tbsp of chopped pepper to shaker, muddle well, add 3 slightly smashed (use fingers, to release oils) oregano leaves, Humboldt’s Finest, Green Chartreuse, lime and simple syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously, strain into a cocktail coupe. Garnish with oregano sprig and cut pepper wedge.
Thanks again to Abe Stevens, Founder of Humboldt Distillery for taking the time to speak with me for this episode, and sharing his stories with me.