Looking for a last-minute gift for that architecture aficionado/cocktail connoisseur? Craft spirits, especially anything local in origin, are hot-as-a-pistol gift items this year. Here’s a product distilled in Dallas, with themed packaging that makes it a perfect gift for architecture fans, to boot. Roxor is a world-class artisan gin made with all-natural botanical flavors and bottled in a gorgeous glass decanter inspired by the cosmopolitan architecture of city skylines.
Former Coca-Cola International CEO and marketing expert Don Short partnered with chef (and holder of a Ph. D. in chemistry) Robert Del Grande in the founding of New Artisan Spirits, maker of Roxor. Del Grande’s name is one you’ll recognize – the James Beard Award-winning chef is the founder of Houston’s famed Café Annie, and one of the small cadre of chefs that pioneered modern Southwestern cuisine. His expertise resulted in a gin that bears influences of juniper, coriander, fresh Texas grapefruit zest, orris root, hibiscus flower, cocoa nibs, Texas pecans, fresh lime, grains of paradise, sarsaparilla, cubeb peppers, and cinnamon, making Roxor gin a fantastic foil for classic cocktails as well as cutting-edge libations made with exotic produce and spices. Case in point: The Spanish gin and tonic. It’s an avant-garde cocktail you’ll find on the menus of some of the toniest restaurants and bars in town.
The skyline-reminiscent bottle that makes Roxor Gin such a fit for real estate sophisticates was a natural. Living in major cities around the world in his years heading a global beverage company, Short developed an appreciation for cityscape architecture as an art form; Del Grande’s famed restaurant is set within one of the largest cities in the country. When the time came for the partners to design packaging, the architecture-themed vessel plan fell into place.
The bottle for the current product takes its cue predominantly from Frank Lloyd Wright’s design style. “When I see his architecture from Falling Water, to the Guggenheim, to Taliesin, I marvel at his creativity, sense of design and ‘wow’ factor,” said Short. “His building windows and corner windows were an inspiration, as we thought of our bottle. There is an idea that windows let in the best of nature, and when we open our windows, we can release the best of ourselves. Roxor’s design was meant to capture this idea.”
The founders plan future products to honor other iconic building designs. “We wanted the bottle to be a toast to the architects that created the skylines of our lives,” explained Short.
Roxor Gin is widely available in 750ml bottles ($27) and one point 75-liter ($50) bottles.