Join us for this very special free webinar as we discuss Greece’s first wild gin with founder John Livanos. John will discuss his journey into creating Stray Dog Wild Gin and also demonstrating two delicious cocktails.
Stray Dog Wild Gin started with a challenge: is it possible to bottle a moment? Not just any moment, but one that captures the spontaneous and free spirit of Greece. Where an unexpected turn off an island road leads to a secret beach. Or wandering through the cobblestone streets of Athens until sunrise reminds you that some nights can never be planned, you can only let them happen.
The idea for Stray Dog Wild Gin came about in such a moment. Inspired by an off-road exploration through the mountains of northern Greece, I set to work alongside master distiller Dimitris Melissanidis to find the perfect combination of wild-foraged botanicals, Mediterranean citrus, and Aridea spring water to capture the essence of the untamed life.
Hand-crafted in small batches using traditional copper pot stills, Stray Dog Wild Gin embodies what happens when we allow ourselves to let life unfold, and to appreciate the time and the beauty that is right in front of us.
Demo 1: Wild Gin & Tonic
- 2 oz Stray Dog Wild Gin
- 1 bottle of Three Cents Aegean Tonic (or Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic)
- 1 sage leaf
Add the gin to a wine glass. Top with ice. Slowly pour the tonic down the side of the glass. Slap sage leaf between your hands to release the aromas and place inside glass.
Demo 2: Far West Side
- 1.5 oz Stray Dog Wild Gin
- .75 oz Mastiha
- .75 oz lemon juice
- .5 oz simple syrup
- 2-3 mint leaves
- 3 slices of cucumber
Muddle cucumber and mint in a cocktail shaker with the lemon juice and simple syrup. Add all other ingredients. Top with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a cucumber ribbon.