You may have seen it on international news sources like BuzzFeed, Complex or Mashable, but this Humboldt County original has been a local gem since it’s founding in 2012.
Humboldt Distillery is taking the cannabis community, and the Internet, by storm with the introduction of their newest Cannabis Sativa Vodka. The product, officially released in March 2016, has already caught the world’s attention.
The micro-distillery is the first of its kind on the North Coast, and the only distillery in the region to deliver an entirely all-natural selection of spirits, made from certified organic ingredients. Both the distillery’s vodka and rum are made from sugar cane, so each spirit is also gluten free.
The company is based deep inside the redwood curtain in Fortuna, California, where old growth trees, scenic coastlines and cannabis culture define the Humboldt brand. In a nod to the local culture, describes Abe Stevens, HD’s head distiller and founder, Humboldt’s Finest Cannabis Vodka is infused with cannabis Sativa – otherwise known as hemp. It won’t get you high (it only contains .03% THC), however, the fresh cannabis aromas will resonant with each sip.
“Since we released our original products, people have hinted that they would like something with the local flavor,” he adds, “I couldn’t ignore the consumer demand.” With so many flavored-spirits available on the market, Stevens knew the timing was right to introduce his exclusive product.
“We do actually use [locally grown], legal, food-grade hemp,” he says. The company sources their hemp from OrHempCo, located in southern Oregon. Stevens explains that, because of the 2014 Farm Bill, small scale industrial hemp cultivation is permitted — therefore, his products are grown in some of the first legal hemp fields in the U.S.
HD’s Cannabis Vodka perfectly compliments the distillery’s existing selection of all-natural liquors – but don’t take our word for it! Dive into the exclusively handcrafted spirits like HD’s organic spiced rum, triple distilled organic vodka, or the company’s Pear Brandy and Apple Brandy (only available at the distillery).
735 10th St., Fortuna, Calif.
Tour and tasting appointments are available by appointment.
Cocktail Recipes from the experts at Humboldt Distillery
1.5 oz Humboldt’s Finest
.75 oz honey syrup
2 hearty sprigs of fresh thyme.
To prepare honey syrup, dissolve two parts honey in one part hot water. Allow to cool. At the bottom of a cocktail shaker, add one sprig thyme, give a quick muddle, add Humboldt’s Finest, lime juice and honey syrup. Shake vigorously, strain into an old fashioned glass with ice, garnish and enjoy!
1.75 oz Humboldt’s Finest
.25 oz Green Chartreuse
.75 oz fresh lime juice
1/4 of yellow bell pepper
Add one heaping tbsp. of chopped pepper to shaker, muddle well, add three slightly smashed oregano leaves, Humboldt’s Finest, chartreuse, lime and simple syrup. Add ice and shake well, strain into a cocktail coupe, garnish and relish.