The glitz and glam of the roaring twenties are alive and well just behind the doors of Redmond’s Gompers Distillery. Walking into the prohibition-themed speakeasy, with its vintage decor of comfy leather couches, hidden rooms behind bookcases and delicious cocktails, transports visitors to another era. This cozy hideaway is the perfect spot to warm up this winter.
After being unable to find the perfect gin, Michael and Jessica Hart decided to take matters into their own hands and craft their own. Gompers Distillery was founded in 2012 and opened its tasting room in 2019.
The distillery’s name is in honor of Jessica’s grandfather, a Holocaust survivor who hailed from Holland, the birthplace of gin. “My grandfather was a very outgoing, fun person to be around, and even after all the things he had gone through in life, he never let it get him down,” Jessica said. “No pun intended, but we were trying to bottle his spirit.”
Inside each bottle of Gompers small-batch, hand-crafted spirits—which now include gin and vodka—you’ll find high-quality local ingredients and unique flavor profiles. Juniper berries and lavender are handpicked on a farm in Central Oregon, and the golden pears are sourced from Hood River; the result is smooth spirits perfect on the rocks, straight up, or in a cocktail.
A cocktail such as the Bee’s Elbow, Gompers twist on a Bee’s Knees, is a classic prohibition-era creation. Be transported with this refreshingly smooth drink made with Gompers Gin, lavender honey and mint leaves. Or pick up a bottle of Gompers Gin and bring that roaring twenties spirit home this holiday season with the Bee’s Elbow recipe below.
- 1.5 oz Gompers Gin
- 1 tsp Lavender Honey
- 6 Mint Leaves
- Muddle mint in a cocktail shaker.
- Add ice.
- Add Gompers Gin and Lavender Honey.
- Shake. Strain. Serve in a chilled Martini glass.
- Garnish with a mint leaf.
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