In the UK, foraging wild sloe berries (a small relative of the plum), steeping them in gin, and making the liqueur has been part of rural family tradition for centuries. Using an old family recipe that has been passed down for generations, husband and wife distilling team of Timo and Ashby Marshall, start with their signature gin and macerate the sloe berries in the spirit until they release all of their natural flavor and color. This vibrantly-hued liqueur showcases both bright berry and citrus notes combined with ripe sweetness and fresh acidity. Traditionally consumed as a digestif, it also makes a nice addition to a gin and tonic or a Negroni.
After years working with environmental non-profits, Ashby and Timo Marshall decided to try and change the course of the world in a different way - one gin at a time. After an arduous four years of distilling courses and apprenticeships, their dream became reality when they opened the doors of their Northern California distillery. Each spirit starts with local raw grains that are milled, fermented and distilled entirely on site, making them one of the few grain-to-glass distilleries in America. This hands-on approach allows them to control all aspects of the process, creating a line of premium spirits where quality has never been compromised for the sake of volume. From their Vodka to Sloe Gin, Spirits Works has not only raised the bar in the world of "craft spirits," they've entered into a class of their own.