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“A Touch of Grey”: Santa Cruz Waves Article

This month, our new seasonal cocktail “A Touch of Grey” was included in Santa Cruz Waves Magazine, “Holiday Hideaways”.

Grab a glass & check out this lovely article written by Aric Sleeper, quoted below:

“It’s been less than a year since Assembly gained the ability to serve hard alcohol, and they’re already trying to separate themselves from the pack with seasonal cocktail menus that offer a range of concoctions appropriate for before, during and after a meal. The highlight of their winter menu, A Touch of Grey, tastes a little bit like a dessert drink, bu easily stands on its own.

‘It’s a loose play on a gin fizz,’ says Assembly bar manager Zane Griffin. ‘I infuse London Dry Gin with Earl Grey tea, which really comes through. The gin is floral, bright and botanical, and the tannins in the Early Grey tea and the Bergamot orange notes really complete that.’

The unique drink’s other constituents (like orgeat, orange blossom water, and egg white) gives it a velvety texture and a lightness that contrasts the herbaceous flavor and bite from the tea.  And although the drink is creamy and smooth, the inspiration for its name is bittersweet. ‘It’s named for the Earl Grey tea, but also because I just turned 30.’ says Griffin.”