Western Sage Gin

Silver Sage GinMy introduction to sage was from my paternal grandmother. She had long almost black hair until the day she died. Although she died relatively young, around 65, she should have had a few grey hairs.

She would gather, at a specific time of year, a smaller variety of sagebrush. She called it white sage. She would boil this sage in a big pot on the stove, strain the sage out, and wait for it to cool down to a nice warm temperature. She would then rinse her long black hair with this sage water until the water was gone. She did this every week for at least four months each year. She claimed that is was something that her mother had learned from the Ute Indians and that her mother never went grey. As a teenager I had little worry about grey hair but another habit of my grandmother’s was much more interesting to me.

My grandmother was a horsewoman and she wore jodhpurs for riding. I’m sure she wore them for comfort and always style. They also had another interesting feature. Along the calf of each fitted leg of the jodhpurs there was a zipper that allowed her to access her lower leg. She had a leather garter that fit snuggly just below her knee and it had a harness that held a silver flask in a sleek slip against her leg.

On those long rides up the canyon and around the campfire at night I’m sure that the contents of that flask were much stronger than tea. I like to think that she would have chosen our Western Sage Gin, passed it around, and stirred it with a nail.

What to Expect:

Thumb Butte Distillery’s unique southwestern gin. With the addition of sage and a small amount of fennel this top shelf gin creates a whole new definition of gin.  Enjoy the complex flavors of a “dirty”western sage gin martini using a jalapeño or garlic stuffed olive, or a refreshing “Gin and Ginger”.

The Point’s Western Negroni

Courtesy of The Point Bar and Lounge; 114 North Montezuma, Prescott, Arizona

3/4 ounce Thumb Butte Distillery’s Western Sage Gin

3/4 ounce Grand Poppy Bitter

3/4 ounce Sweet Vermouth

Shake and strain into a Martini glass with a lemon twist.


Thumb Butte Martini

Courtesy of The Gallery Golf Club, Marana, Arizona 14000 N Dove Mountain Blvd, Marana, AZ 85658

2 ounces Thumb Butte Distillery Western Sage Gin

Lillet, garnish with lemon peel.


Prescott Punch

Courtesy of Mother Bunch Brewery, 825 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006  (602) 368-3580

Thumb Butte Distillery’s Western Sage Gin, Veev Acai, lime juice, and berry/fruit syrup. 

Shake then strain over ice. Top with club soda. Serve in collins glass, with an orange wedge garnish.


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