Named after George Wheeler, the explorer and cartographer who surveyed the American West, this gin is the essence of the high mesas of New Mexico. It’s made by Santa Fe–based distiller Colin Keegan, who blends juniper with local botanicals including hop flowers, osha root, magenta cactus flowers and sage. It’s slightly floral and cucumber-like, and so dry it’s almost dusty, evoking images of tumbleweed and the huge sky of the high desert.
Santa Fe Spirits, Santa Fe, NM
This story appears in the print issue of August 2014.
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