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Cucumbers by Nikki DeSerpa via 360 Magazine

Hendrick’s Gin saves the Rarest Cucumbers

Hendrick’s, The Gin Famously Infused with Rose and Cucumber, has Scoured the Planet to Find and Cultivate Some of the World’s Most Unusual Cucumbers

Hendrick’s, the world’s most unusual gin, has brought some of the rarest and peculiar cucumbers from around the globe back from the brink of extinction and made them available for the masses. An unprecedented delight to the senses, this noble endeavor will invite lovers of food and drink to satisfy their curiosity and taste a bounty of otherworldly cucumbers via the exclusive Hendrick’s Curious Cucumber Collection from Farmer Jones Farm at The Chef’s Garden, available now for pre-order delivery nationwide at Farmerjonesfarm.com

Hendrick’s Gin and cucumbers have always been and will always be inextricably bound. Since its inception, Hendrick’s has championed all that is curious, unexpected and unique. In fact, the gin began as a rarity itself due to its unusual but delightful infusions of rose, and of course, cucumber. “You could say I have a healthy obsession with cucumbers, they truly are quite fascinating fruits,” said Hendrick’s Master Distiller Ms. Lesley Gracie. “When we were first developing Hendrick’s, experimenting with cucumbers and figuring out how to get that curious cooling sensation into a gin was a big moment in
my career. Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing so many diverse and wonderful varieties of cucumber in different parts of the world. The chance to cultivate some of the more peculiar styles on the brink of extinction has been an extremely fun and welcomed challenge.”

Ms. Lesley Gracie worked with Professor Lenore Newman, one of North America’s foremost experts in agriculture, to identify multiple varieties of rare cucumber species scattered across the globe, from the vast African plains to the mist-shrouded foothills of Asia. Through no small effort on the part of Hendrick’s Gin and renowned farm partners, The Chefs Garden (Huron, OH) and MX Morningstar Farm (Hudson, NY), these glorious fruits have been saved from extinction and are ready to share with the world in their freshest, most imbebible forms. “As someone who has devoted my career to the discovery and preservation of rare fruits and vegetables, I can say with conviction that what Hendrick’s has done for these cucumbers is a tremendous scientific accomplishment,” said Newman, PhD & Director of the Food and Agriculture Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley. The author of three books on food, Lenore advises the British Columbia government on
agricultural policy and the impact of climate change on food security. “These seeds represent a microscopic amount of the global cucumber population and without this project, they remained in danger. It’s remarkable to see them restored to such great scale, and it’s such a joy for people to now be able to taste these marvelous fruits.”

The various seeds were sourced from across the globe after months of academic research and meticulously
cultivated in greenhouses across North America and Europe.

The Six Rare Cucumbers

  • The highly curious Cucamelon (Melothria scabra) is cultivated as a minor crop in Mexico and
    Central America, and very rarely experienced elsewhere. Flavors are similar to a cucumber, yet
    sweeter and citrus-like, with an uncanny exterior resemblance to a mini-watermelon.
  • Particularly unusual in appearance donning a peculiar mix of bright orange & green with
    horn-like spikes, the African Horned (Cucumis metuliferus) is a close relative of our beloved
    cucumber that primarily grows wild and in local gardens across southern Africa, carrying
    delightful notes of melon, kiwi, banana and citrus.
  • The Hmong Red (Cucumis sativus) is grown by the Hmong people in intimate gardens
    adorning the mountains of Northern Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Myanmar, where upon
    maturation, this miraculous fruit transitions in color from a pale green to a golden orange, and
    offers a tart flavor.
  • The Aonaga Jibai (Cucumis sativus), a treasured family gem from the island of Kyushu, Japan,
    can only be found in the quaint town of Beppu, where it’s known for its unusually long and
    narrow shape and splendidly sweet taste.
  • Only found tucked away in the country of Bhutan, the Gagon Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is
    quite distinct – as it matures, it shifts from containing the characteristics of a common cucumber
    to marvelous honeydew.
  • Generally unknown outside of Eastern Europe, the ancient Muromsky Cucumber (Cucumis
    sativus) is oddly covered in black spikes and prized for its pleasant scent, crunchy texture, and
    punchy flavor.

Thousands of these peculiar cucumbers have been cultivated globally and are available in the United States via an exclusive Curious Cucumber Collection from Farmer Jones Farm at The Chef’s Garden. With a plethora of culinary and cocktail uses, these atypical yet delicious cucumbers come in a farm-fresh variety pack for $48, with no one box the same based on harvest at the time of order.

Among the first to experiment with these extraordinary fruits, Hendrick’s National Ambassador, Vance Henderson, tasted and tested to his delight in order to create a cocktail experience unlike any on earth. “Experimenting with these rare cucumbers was not only a pleasure, but an exploration in itself and a welcomed creative challenge,” says Henderson. “One of our favorite creations, The Cutecumber Lemonade, is an ode to our popular Hendrick’s Cucumber Lemonade with one-of-a-kind notes of citrus from the Cucamelon that beautifully compliment our delicious and refreshing gin and mixes well with the unusual.”

The Cutecumber Lemonade – Ingredients

  • 1.5 parts Hendrick’s Gin
  • .75 part Fresh Cucamelon Juice, Strained
  • .75 part Fresh Lemon Juice
  • .75 part Simple Syrup
  • Top with Premium Soda Water
  • 1 Cucamelon and 1 Lemon Wheel to Garnish

Method: Combine all ingredients in a highball glass filled with cubed ice and lightly stir. Garnish with 1 whole Cucamelon speared between 1 lemon wheel and serve.

For further information, visit https://www.hendricksgin.com/us/ and follow Hendrick’s on social media @hendricksginus and via the hashtag #hendricksgin.

HENDRICK’S GIN 43.4% ALC/VOL. ©2022 BOTTLED BY WILLIAM GRANT & SONS, LTD. IMPORTED BY WILLIAM GRANT & SONS, INC, NEW YORK, NY. DRINK THE UNUSUAL RESPONSIBLY.

ABOUT MS. LESLEY GRACIE

Ms. Lesley Gracie, who heralds from Yorkshire, is the Master Distiller at Hendrick’s Gin. With a background in chemistry, Lesley’s genius lies in her fascination with flavors and how they work together. She visualizes flavors as shapes and strikes to create a round, balanced flavor in all of her elixirs. In 1999, Ms. Gracie was approached by the great grandson of William Grant, Charles Gordon, to create an ‘ultra-premium’ gin which was to become Hendrick’s. She was appointed as the Master Distiller and went on to spearhead the development of this most unusual gin and is responsible for the creation of all of
Hendrick’s liquid innovations.

Over the past two decades, Gracie has been responsible for countless pioneering Hendrick’s releases and has amassed an array of botanicals, distillates, and experimental liquids, which are housed in a locked cabinet in her laboratory, the Cabinet of Curiosities at the Hendrick’s Gin Palace. Ms Lesley Gracie has a strong history of pushing boundaries from her experiments and venturing far and wide in search of new flavors – even as far as the Venezuelan rainforest. Lesley is enchanted by animals and keeps two tortoises and loves to walk her dog, Jock. She also has a penchant for salmon fishing and exploring the rugged Scottish countryside in her motorhome, affectionately named Ted.

AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS

2021 – Lifetime Achievement Award at The Spirits Business Awards 2021
2021 – Grand Rectifier of the Gin Guild
2021 – Inducted into the Gin Magazine Hall of Fame
2018 – ‘Gin Distiller of the Year’ by the World Gin Awards

ABOUT HENDRICK’S GIN

Hendrick’s is a deliciously super premium gin, made with a number of unusual twists. To deliver a most curious and delightfully unique flavor, Hendrick’s combines a distinct blend of 11 botanicals, as well as the signature infusions of cucumber and rose petals, producing a wonderfully refreshing gin with a delightfully unique aroma. Hand crafted in Scotland in miniscule batches by William Grant & Sons, Hendrick’s is the only gin that uses a marriage of spirits from both a Carter-Head and Copper Pot Still, a combination that produces a divinely smooth gin that has both the required character and balance of subtle flavors. Hendrick’s Gin has an ABV of 44% and an SRP of $34.99. Please drink the unusual responsibly. For further information, visit www.hendricksgin.com.


ABOUT WILLIAM GRANT & SONS

William Grant & Sons Holdings Ltd. is an independent family-owned distiller headquartered in the United Kingdom and founded by William Grant in 1887. Today, the global premium spirits company is run by the fifth generation of his family and distils some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including Glenfiddich®, The Balvenie® range of handcrafted single malts and the world’s third largest blended Scotch, Grant’s®, as well as other iconic spirits brands such as Hendrick’s® Gin, Sailor Jerry® Spiced Rum, Tullamore D.E.W.® Irish Whiskey, Monkey Shoulder® Blended Malt Scotch Whisky and
Drambuie® Scotch Liqueur.

Founded in 1964, William Grant & Sons USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of William Grant & Sons, Ltd. and features one of the fastest growing spirits portfolios in the US with brands including Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, Hendrick’s Gin, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey, Drambuie, Milagro Tequila, Fistful of Bourbon, Grant’s, Hudson Whiskey, Gibson’s Finest, Monkey Shoulder, Clan MacGregor, Reyka Vodka, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Flor de Caña Rum, The Knot and Raynal French Brandy. For more information on the company and its brands, please visit HERE.


ABOUT FARMER JONES FARMS AT THE CHEF’S GARDEN

In order to grow foods that look good, taste good and are good for you, the team at Farmer Jones Farms at The Chef’s Garden is committed to sustainable agriculture and practices that replenish nutrients depleted from the soil. Embracing the traditional philosophies of farming and recognizing the importance of growing crops through natural means, The Chef’s Garden is deeply dedicated to “growing vegetables slowly and gently, in full accord with nature.”® We believe that by rebuilding the soil naturally it will return to us a more nutritious, flavorful product.

The Last Artful, Dodgr Album "Hits Of Today" Cover Art via U Music Group for use by 360 MAGAZINE

DODGR × YOUNG M.A

THE LAST ARTFUL, DODGR RELEASES NEW TRACK “CLOVERFIELD” FT. YOUNG M.A ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM HITS OF TODAY OUT AUGUST 19 LISTEN HERE

Today, The Last Artful, Dodgr (she/they) announces new album Hits Of Today that will release on August 19.  In conjunction with the announcement, she tags Young M.A for a new version of her previously released hard-hitting track “Cloverfield.”  The track is a rap anthem for women, about women so it only made sense that these two collaborated.  The album will feature “Cloverfield” and “Hullabaloo” which was released earlier this year.  HIGHSNOBRIETY commended Dodgr’s “exceptional, elastic voice and a bewitching grasp of melody.”  With co-signs from Anderson .Paak, Mark Ronson, Portugal. The Man, and more, Dodgr is set for a breakthrough year, leading up to the debut album this summer.

  1. Ode Feelings
  2. HOT
  3. Understood
  4. Hullabaloo 
  5. Asi9ine
  6. Infinity
  7. The Thickening (an interlude)
  8. Lightwork 
  9. Midnight
  10. Cloverfield feat. Young M.A
  11. IT
  12. Choker f. Siren and the Sea
  13. Not A Duet (but another interlude)
  14. If Ever There’s A Chance
  15. Better Safe Than Social
  16. YOU
  17. Whiteclaw

ABOUT THE LAST ARTFUL, DODGR

Close your eyes and try to imagine the musical lovechild of The-Dream and Diane Warren. The person you should see is The Last Artful, Dodgr. The rapper and singer-songwriter (pronouns: she/they) defies the boundaries of hip-hop and the binary with heady bops like “Hullabaloo” and “Better Safe Than Social.” Both an artist and a muse, Dodge captivates with a trippy aesthetic that comes alive through their fashion, music videos, and socials. 

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Dodgr—whose name is a reference to both their hometown team and Oliver Twist—didn’t start secretly writing music until college at Cal Poly Humbolt. But there were so many signs pointing them in that direction. For example, they started to master words and language early as a baby; and their formative musical inspirations included Missy Elliott, Princeand Sam Cooke. Living in an artist “greenhouse” in undergrad and scribing songs that they kept to themselves, Dodgr knew that she was incredible. But that musical ingenuity blossomed when they made the fateful decision to move to Portland. 

Dodgr, ever sui generis, grew a following in Portland, despite the city’s reluctance to hip-hop, and dropped their first mixtape 199NVRLND in 2013. Collaborating with other local talent in the area and dropping singles like “Oofda” and “Jelly Hunt,” she established herself as a lyrical heavyweight with an edgy creative ear. This is what put them in the orbit of Aminé, who invited Dodgr to lend their colorfully animated voice as a background vocalist during their performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in 2016. In 2017, they appeared as a feature on Anderson Paak’s Oxnard alongside Snoop Dogg and in 2019 they were tapped by Mark Ronson to contribute to the soundtrack for the animated film Spies in Disguise. Even hip-hop legend, Black Thought wanted in on Dodgr’s action, recruiting her for several songs on his 2020 album, Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane & Able. But Dodgr’s most notable hit to date is their smooth, infectious 2020 single “Hot,” which snagged a placement on the Emmy-winning HBO series Euphoria

Now signed to Interscope Records and hard at work on a debut album, Dodgr is offering a 360 creative experience like other multi-hyphenates like Tierra Whack, Smino, and Tyler, the Creator. They stay true to their roots as a wordsmith, writing lyrics that are thought-provoking. But Dodgr is playful and light-hearted, not above waxing poetic about ass and titties, either. Combining her lavishly buoyant voice with unrestrained visual artistry, she pours into her music videos, style, and live performances as she does the records she produces. In a nutshell: Dodgr is a musician on a completely different plane. 

Today Dodgr identifies as a genderfluid, masc presenting femme. They stay balanced with a Gemini sun and Taurus moon. What we have here is the next queer icon. 

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First Carbon Neutral Heli Ski Resort

NORTHERN ESCAPE HELI SKIING BECOMES ONE OF THE FIRST CARBON-NEUTRAL HELI SKI OPERATORS IN THE WORLD

Premier Boutique Heli-Skiing Operator Takes Action on Climate Change by Taking a Hard Look at its Operations and Offsetting its Carbon Footprint

Northern Escape Heli-Skiing (NEH) has recently become one of the first carbon-neutral heli-skiing operators in the world. The operator partnered with Synergy Enterprises and Offsetters, Canada’s leading carbon management agency, to take action on climate change and offset its current carbon footprint. NEH purchased offsets that benefit The Great Bear Forest and the First Nations living in the region, as well as the Lara Ceramic plant-based in Brazil by helping to decrease deforestation in the area.

In addition, the operator has a three-year plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and adopt renewable energy sources, such as solar panels and electric vehicles to support its operations. The passion to create a more sustainable approach to heli-skiing comes from NEH leadership. “Over the 35 years of my career as an ACMG Guide, I have witnessed incremental changes in our climate, our snowpack, and our glaciers. The first of many steps to achieve this for us is to become carbon neutral. We need to do the best we can to mitigate climate change and become a part of the solution rather than a part of the problem. Every single department of our company is drilling down to the basics of how we can shift our operations to mitigate our environmental impact.” explains NEH Co-founder & General Manager, John Forrest.

NEH is located in Skeena Mountains near Terrace, BC, and is only a short 90-minute flight from Vancouver. It connects a worldwide community of skiers and boarders to more than 5,500 sq km of pristine wilderness. To be able to do this responsibly, the management of the company, with the help of Synergy and Offsetters, analyzed every single aspect of the company’s operations from mountain commute to the guest experience. “We work with the various recycling companies in Terrace to decrease our use of single-use plastics as much as possible. Once our machines cycle through their lifespan we’ll be replacing them with electric ones, and we’ll be encouraging guests to purchase carbon offsets for their flights,” says Forrest.

NEH is a boutique heli-skiing operator offering a variety of custom packages for small groups of skiers and boarders from all over the world. Guests have an option to stay at two different lodges and enjoy dining by Red Seal chefs, hot tubs, massages, and more. To learn more about NEH’s environmentally responsible journey, or to book your carbon-neutral stay, please visit: Here

Classics Spongebob Sandy Liang Vans Collection Lineup via Lede Company for use by 360 Magazine

Vans x Spongebob Squarepants x Sandy Liang Collection

Vans, SpongeBob SquarePants and Sandy Liang have teamed up for an iconic limited-edition release set to launch June 4th on the Greenhouse App

For Fall 2021, Vans tapped New York fashion designer Sandy Liang to get her to take on the world’s most famous sea sponge: his infectious happiness, and the values of friendship, humor, positivity, and “Off the Wall” attitude the show shares with Vans.

Born and based in New York City’s Lower East Side, Sandy initially attended the Rhode Island School of Design to study architecture but transferred to the Parsons School of Design after discovering her passion for clothing design. Prior to starting her eponymous label, which is deeply rooted in New York influence and style, Sandy interned or worked for several high-profile brands, including Opening Ceremony, Phillip Lim, and Jason Wu.

Taking influence from grandma fashion, sport fem, nostalgia, and humor—as well as her background in architectural design, Sandy is a favorite among Downtown New York girls like model Soo Joo Park, stylist Kate Foley, and blogger Hanneli Mustaparta.

Sandy brings her unique aesthetic to two SpongeBob-inspired Sk8-Hi 38 DX colorways. Patchwork features a blue, purple, and teal beach-inspired patchwork design on the quarters, with black toe, tongue and heel cap, and a black side stripe. A second iteration of the Sk8-Hi 38 DX boasts an all-over pastel green and blue gradient, overlaid with pale pink tropical flowers inspired by another Sandy, Sandy Cheeks, the adventure-seeking squirrel.

In apparel, Sandy gives beloved SpongeBob characters a makeover, dressing them in her own clothing designs for their runway debut on her boyfriend fit tee, fleece hoodie, and twill bucket hat.