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One Look At This Bottle Will Put You In The Christmas Spirit

This stunning bottle of gin is inspired by the sun. Yes, the sun! The festive gold and white sun-burst design has us dreaming of bright winter days, red noses, wool caps and building snowmen.

Made from non-GMO rye grown on a family farm in small-town Minnesota, Solveig Gin (pronounced SOUL-vai) is made of individually distilled botanicals that each get their solo time to... shine. Everything’s eventually blended to create a creamy, ethereally light spirit, but each citrus fruit, herb and spice maintains its own excellent depth of flavor. It’s truly a “field to glass” gin.

Far North Spirits was founded just about as far north as you can get in the state of Minnesota, in tiny Skane Township near the city of Hallock, just 25 minutes south of Canada. (It’s actually the northernmost distillery in the contiguous U.S.! No, not the North Pole, sadly…) 

The company’s roots go back to Gustaf Swanson, who immigrated to Hallock in 1917, where he farmed rich soil on a large swath of land. Gustaf’s great-grandson Michael Swanson and his wife, Cheri Reese, built the Far North distillery on that family farm almost 100 years later, making what they call “field-to-glass” spirits. They plant their own hand-selected, non-GMO seed varieties, harvest the grains themselves and carefully source additional botanicals and spices. 

We like to show off this sun-sational gin in cocktail Far North calls the Basil Collins: Muddle 5 basil leaves and ½ ounce simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add ½ ounce fresh lemon juice, 2.5 ounces Solveig Gin and ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass with ice, and top up with club soda.

Shine on!