This gin was inspired by Julian’s love of cooking and watching cooking shows, gleaning inspiration from Top Chef, Chef’s Table, Beat Bobby Flay, and the vibrant flavor pairings of Chef Marcus Samuelsson. The bolder of our two gins, Gin Recipe 02 combines the earthy fruitiness of black currants with fresh thyme to create a complex and savory gin with a peppery finish.
Ideal in a gin and tonic or negroni, Gin Recipe 02 can also be highlighted in cocktails that creatively incorporate citrus, herbs, or spice. There are vivid notes of citrus on the nose, dried fruit and herbs on the palate, with a nice lingering finish of peppercorn.
90 Proof (ABV 45%)
COMMON GROUND SPIRITS
More Than Spirits, It’s a Mindset
On a mission to cultivate artisanal spirits that symbolize the human experience of bonding and forming connections, Julian Peebles and Tory Brown founded Common Ground Spirits in 2020. We believe that finding a common ground with those around us is what adds substance and meaning to our lives. Our common ground is the belief that everybody, no matter race, religion, or gender identity should have equal opportunities in all aspects of life—and our approach to premium craft spirits embodies those values. Our hope is that you will join us on this journey and find common ground over a dram of our artisanal Gin and Bourbon expressions.
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Located in Berkeley, California, Common Ground Spirits is committed to using local ingredients and partnering with friends and neighbors to build a strong community. We source the ingredients for our Gin and Bourbon expressions from California’s bounty; Gin 01 and Gin 02 both incorporate hand-selected blends of the finest botanicals from our local partners, while our Bourbon is made with 100% California-grown grain. Our spirits have been formulated with the assistance of our neighbor, Ryan Sutherland of Sutherland Distilling Company in Livermore, California. By investing in our local community and economy, we are ensuring that as we thrive, so too will the people around us.
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Julian and Tory, coworkers turned lifelong friends, started their journey together in the tech industry, where both founders shared common ground with each other as men of color. After achieving success in their tech careers, they felt a strong desire to build a legacy, something of their own fruition and creative vision that could be passed on to future generations and other black-owned businesses. Their overall vision: to make a positive impact on the spirits industry by creating a company that takes pride in its representation and diversity. By mentoring and motivating other black-owned companies, Tory and Julian believe they can build a more diverse and inclusive spirits industry.
Aroma: Vivid notes of citrus on the nose
Taste: Dried fruit and herbs on the palate
Finish: Lingering finish of peppercorn and citrus
Botanicals: Black Currant, Thyme, Meyer Lemon peel, Peppercorn, Juniper Berries, Coriander Seed
Ideal in a gin and tonic or negroni, and can also be highlighted in cocktails that creatively incorporate citrus, herbs, or spice.
By Michael Sioxson
5 muddled blackberries
1.5 oz – 02
.5 oz – simple syrup
.5 oz – crème de violet
2 dashes of black walnut bitters
Light shake with ice. Dump out entire shaker into glass
Splash of tonic
Garnish with Sage and Thyme
As you sip from the glass the smell of sage and thyme helps to bring out the fruit notes on the palate. The simple syrup and crème de violet soften the gin and the bitters round it out. The blackberries can be exchanged with just about any other berry or fruit.
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