What is Opuntia? Local Spirits :: Ventura Spirits
With no time to rest, our team heads to Ventura Spirits for a private tasting of locally sourced spirits ranging from a earthy gin to the vibrant Opuntia, a prickly pear based spirit, highlighting so much of what makes Ventura County Coast what it is today. Ventura spirits also produces a strawberry based brandy and a crisp vodka, all which could be featured as lead ingredients in cocktails.
After the tasting, TBDE caught up with Henry, one of the owners to talk about his experience as a distiller in California's Central Coast and learn more about his brand that uses uncommon inputs to create bold, unique flavors.