Ogden distillery pays homage to Mormon drag diva with new gin

Saturday , May 06, 2017 - 5:15 AM

MAKENZIE KOCH/Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Ogden’s Own Distillery is bringing a little-known piece of Mormon history to light with its newest spirit. 

The local distillery recently released a new gin — named after a Mormon drag diva who also happened to be one of Brigham Young’s sons. 

The new spirit, called Madam Pattirini Gin, is named after B. Morris Young’s drag persona when he frequently performed as an Italian opera diva. 

Morris Young began performing while dressed as a woman in 1885 after he returned from his second mission to the Hawaiian Islands, Ogden’s Own says, and continued for several years. He even sometimes sang at LDS Church stake and ward social events. 

“He could produce a convincing falsetto, and many in the audience did not realize that Pattirini was Young,” the distillery said. 

The gin is made of juniper, bergamot, coriander, cardamon, Nigerian ginger and Sicilian lemon, according to the distillery’s website. Fewer than 1,000 bottles were made, the Ogden distillery says. 

A 750-milliliter bottle is currently being sold online at a special price of $14.99. The gin is also sold at select liquor stores in Weber, Davis, Salt Lake, Utah and Summit counties and at the Ogden distillery, located at 3075 Grant Ave.

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