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Solveig Gin
Look what I see buddies, it’s the prettiest bottle of gin ever made, and it’s made right here in Minnesota. Can you even believe it? Goodbye Hedricks, hosta la vista Bombay Sapphire, from this day forward I’m shacking up with Solveig Gin. I promise there will never be another bottle of gin sitting on my bar cart – except for the raging parties, then I’ll bring out the cheap stuff, har har.

Our good pals, Matt and Katie brought us this pretty bottle as a hostess gift a couple of weekends ago. I was smitten by the bottle of course, but even more happy to find out about this brands local roots. Based in Northern Minnesota’s Skane Township, right near the Canadian border, Far North Spirits Distillery started farming and production a year ago. Hazlet Winter Rye seed is planted and harvested up on the family farm, (now in it’s fourth generation of farmers) and harvested and distilled in the same area. Bringing craft spirits from farm to glass, including bourbon, rum and of gin. You can find Solveig gin at many local Twin Cities liquor stores, as well as in New York, New Jersey and North Dakota.


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Fancy Gin & Juice

Recipe (for 1 cocktail)
▼ 2oz Solevig Gin
▼ 1oz Rosemary Simple Syrup
▼ 2oz Carbonated Grapefruit Juice
▼ Rosemary Sprig Garnish

To make simple syrup combine 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar and 4 sprigs rosemary. Bring to boil and let steep for 45 minutes. Fill chilled cup with ice, add gin, simple syrup and grapefruit juice. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary. Skol!
Solveig Gin with Rosemary and Grapefruit
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15 comments… add one
  • Colz October 17, 2014

    You know how I feel about gin and juice. I am happy you made this.

  • Maeve October 17, 2014

    Wow that’s gorgeous. I don’t even like gin, and I would buy that and never throw it away.

  • erin October 17, 2014

    This sounds tasty! Also, Far North Spirits is in my hometown… must visit during my next trip home!

  • Caroline Royce October 17, 2014

    OMG, right?? I had a bottle of the Solveig sitting unopened in my home office for about 9 months just because it was so beautiful. Finally started making drinks a month ago. I’m totally in love with the brand, and I want them to host a cocktail class so I can go to it!

    • Cheri Reese October 17, 2014

      Thank you so much! We are thrilled that you love Solveig. She is our muse, labor of love, and as Miles Davis says, “It’s the notes you don’t play.” The cocktail recipe you posted here sounds (and looks) amazing. We will try very soon.
      Caroline, you’re in luck. We will be hosting a cocktail class at Kitchen in the Market in early December. Details soon. Joyous weekend, all.

      • Scoops October 21, 2014

        Thank you so much! You should be so proud of what you have done. I would love to come in for a tour next time I am up north. Congrats to you!

  • Amanda @ willful/joyful October 17, 2014

    This post made me smile so hard! It makes me SO HAPPY to see people fall in love with their local craft distiller!!! Spending a little more to know your liquor was made with such love and pride is TOTALLY worth it in my book. The distiller already thanked you for writing this, but I want to thank you too. Drinking local spirits allows a small business owner to do what they’re passionate about while feeding their family, providing jobs, and contributing to the local economy. It’s a beautiful thing!

    And hello gorgeous. My god. That’s stunning packaging! If it’s printed on (like it looks), you can cut off the top when you’re done and use it as a glass. We do it with our favorite bottles all the time and they’re the most loved glasses in our house.

    • Scoops October 21, 2014

      Awh, I knew you would be into this post Amanda, and you said it way better than I ever could. I am highly interested in finding more locally made craft spirits – I’m on a mission. This gin does have really pretty packaging too, It looks even better in real life, raised letters and gold foil and the works!

  • Tina Batori October 18, 2014

    Yes, it’s the prettiest bottle ever; and yes, I love it that you’re drinking local. But I don’t think I can EVER give up my Hendrick’s. So aromatic! So good in any cocktail with cucumber or pear. Yum, Yum.!

    • Scoops October 21, 2014

      It is so good, I really actually like the new stuff too though. It’s worth a whirl if you can find it.

  • tasha October 20, 2014


    • Scoops October 21, 2014

      Yeah, isn’t that so cool! You should pick some up next time you’re at the liquor store.

  • meghanssj November 1, 2014

    Ha! I love this gin too! Best bottle and name! I actually photographed and wrote a post for my blog about my favorite summer cocktail, including this grand stuff, and never got it posted. Now, it is a little out of season, so it’ll have to wait. Cheers to our great local treats!

  • Kim January 23, 2015

    so excited i found this website! love your house tour! is there spot you list
    your paint colors?
    you should also check out watershed. it’s a small distillery in columbus ohio.
    very very good! Cheers!

    • Scoops January 28, 2015

      Hey Kim! Thanks so much! So glad you found it and enjoy what I’ve got going on here. I don’t think I have a current list of colors. Is there a room you are thinking of? The living room is Ben Moore, Drangonfly – the Dining Room is Behr Anonymous. Everything else is becoming a little whiter all the time. Let me know what you need. I’ll make a list soon, for others who might be curious.

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