We’re celebrating in Yosemite! This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act, the first piece of legislation in history to set aside public lands for all citizens. Signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1864, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and Yosemite Valley were preserved as public lands for Americans by the Yosemite Grant for all time. This historic act led to the creation of national parks, known as “America’s Best Idea.” In honor of this 150th anniversary – a sesquicentennial – we have created the Sesquicentini cocktail at The Ahwahnee. If you can’t celebrate with us in the park this year, you’ll find the recipe below. Wherever you are, we hope you will raise a glass to toast the Yosemite Grant Anniversary and one of America’s greatest legacies.
In a martini shaker over ice add:
- 2 shots Beefeater Gin
- 1 shot Monin Lavender Syrup
- 1 shot lemon juice
- Shake and pour in a chilled martini glass
- Add a splash of Club Soda
- Garnish with a lemon wheel
If you can join us for the celebration, consider reserving the Yosemite Grant 150th Anniversary Experience at The Ahwahnee, Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, Curry Village or Wawona Hotel. This package includes lodging in Yosemite, Yosemite Grant souvenirs and tickets for the Valley Floor Tour.