Clara Robbins

Assistant Distiller

As a Chemical Engineer, I was always focused on fluid flow operations, specifically distillation. It was a natural transition when I moved into the spirits industry. I began my journey moving from Sweet Home Alabama to Bourbon Country, Kentucky to be a bourbon distiller. While there, I transitioned from bourbon to vodka and gin, at that time I found my passion for gin. Gin is a beautiful spirit because no two gins are the same, the options are limitless when creating gin. 

While in Kentucky I started feeling the pull to move forward and be reunited with my family in Florida. I have so many dreams and ideas for my life in the spirits industry and knew SPD would be the place to bring those to the forefront. I picked up my life in Kentucky and set sail for Florida without looking back. I love the community at SPD and have no doubt that this is the place where I will make these wishful product ideas a reality.

Most memorable role prior to joining SPD

I joined the SPD team in December 2019, prior to that I was a gin distiller at a distillery in Kentucky. I absolutely loved my time there; I learned so much about the industry and fell in love with gin.

Outside of Work

If I’m not working in the SPD Lab, you can find me biking to a patio bar where I’ll spend all day in the sun exploring new spirits and thinking on what I want to make next.

The best part of my job

My favorite aspect of my job is working with others to create new spirits they have in their heads and bringing them to fruition. Using my abilities to bring joy to others is so special to me.

Favorite Drink

My beverage of choice is an FG&T with a squeeze of fresh orange. I want to have full experience with gin, tasting all the botanicals that were carefully chosen, while using tonic to highlight the citrus notes in our gin.

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