San Miguel: the title bestowed upon San Diego when Cabrillo first landed in 1542 and opened the Southwest to discovery. Distilled from a variety of the freshest southwestern botanicals—lime, cucumber, cilantro, sage and more—all locally grown. This is a spicy, bright, juicy and intensely herbal gin. Enjoy neat or mixed.
Michael Skubic is a brewer turned distiller with an entrepreneurial knack for the spirits world. Homebrewer since the age of 21, Michael got a running start post college as co-founder of Mike Hess Brewing Company. Working with Mike Hess they opened the first “nanobrewery” in San Diego. After four and a half years and much success, Michael left the brewery to pursue a longtime dream: distilling. Always the entrepreneur, he noticed that unlike craft beer, the craft spirits industry in San Diego was lacking in tradition. Michael set out to change that (and to be honest, he had always been a whiskey drinker who liked beer). Fathoming something greater, Michael founded Old Harbor Distilling Company in the fall of 2013, a distillery with strong San Diego roots that’s, in fact, the first licensed distillery located in the city’s downtown East Village neighborhood.
Old Harbor’s Blake Heffernan is the Director of Operation and Master Distiller, whose experience includes designing whiskey, vodka and gin recipes at both BNS Brewing & Distilling and You & Yours Distilling Co, in San Diego. He also has traveled abroad where he helped launch Granddaddy Jacks an award-winning distillery in Australia. Blake has numerous medals & awards under his belt and they are certain he has many more on the way.
GOLD MEDAL Distilled International Spirits & Bartending Competition 2017
We intentionally proofed San Miguel at 47% ABV to hold up to any cocktail you can throw it in. It works beautifully in citrus cocktails, but in direct or classics it stands out too. Try it in place of tequila. ¡¿Por que no?!
2.oz 1542 Gin
3/4.oz peach syrup
3/4.oz lime juice
3 dashes bitters
just shake and strain and enjoy!
A round nose of freshly cut cilantro, sage and lime zest. San Miguel has a rich, juicy palate that pleasantly evolves into a deep pepper heat with round cucumber sweetness. The flavor is complex for only six ingredients, each botanicals playing together to become greater than the sum of their parts. This is a spicy, bright, juicy and intensely herbal gin. Enjoy neat or mixed.