Published on January 25th, 2023 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


For a Cause: Valentine’s Day Cocktail from Gray Whale Gin for Oceana

If you’re in the spirit to support a cause, check out Gray Whale Gin, which is the fastest-growing, award-winning gin with a mission of ocean conservation. Every purchase of Gray Whale bottles and merch, including upcycled candles, gives back to Oceana, the largest organization in the world devoted to ocean conservation.

Gray Whale Gin is a love story in so many ways, from its couple founders to serving as an homage to California and gray whales. The brand was founded by Socal couple Jan & Marsh Mokhtari, who were so inspired on a camping trip to Big Sur that they created a company out of love and dedication to helping protect the California coastline and whales.

The liquid is perfected with sustainably sourced and wild-harvested botanicals foraged along the migratory path of the California Gray Whale, including Juniper (Big Sur), Limes (Temecula Valley), Fir Trees (Sonoma), Sea Kelp (Mendocino Coast), Mint (Santa Cruz) and Almonds (Central Valley).

Whale You Be Mine Cocktail by Gray Whale Gin

Whale You Be Mine Cocktail by Gray Whale Gin

“Whale You Be Mine” Cocktail by Gray Whale Gin


2 ounces Gray Whale Gin

5 ounces blood orange juice


Shake with ice. Strain over ice. Top with soda water. Garnish with blood orange slices.

Gray Whale Gin Soy Candle

Handcrafted in California, each candle is made from an upcycled Gray Whale Gin bottle and pure essential oils. The purchase of this candle helps protect and restore our oceans.

All-natural, clean burning and lasts up to 200 hours


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Jan and Marsh Mokhtari at Distillery

Jan and Marsh Mokhtari at Distillery

Founders Jan and Marsh Mokhtari live in Manhattan Beach with their two daughters. The couple met in a bar in Chicago 20 years ago, which is only right considering they make gin together. Marsh is a food and adventure show host (Food Network, National Geographic, Travel Channel), and Jan is an award-winning creative director and filmmaker. In 2016, they combined their superpowers and founded Gray Whale Gin.

Jan and Marsh Mokhtari

Gray Whale Gin is available at retailers across the United States and online via Reserve Bar, Caskers and Drizly, and

43% ABV / 86 proof

SRP: $40

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