Planetary Herbology (the study of traditional plant medicine from around the world), Traditional Chinese Medicine, and bartending seem like an odd combination. Kat Valentina doesn’t think so! After years of living a life that had seemingly contrasting ways of presenting themselves in the world, Valentina decided to take those great loves and find their common denominator. That thread was medicine. The healing of the plants combined with the alchemical medicine of spirits brought the vision of Elemental Spirits to life. Focusing on a line of bitters and hydrosols was the beginning. In collaboration with Jeff VanHee, co-founding Lake Tahoe Distilling was the next piece of the puzzle of conscious imbibing. A portfolio of spirits, bitters and hydrosols have arrived to cultivate the art of medicinal mixology. When she is not fingers deep in the dirt working with the plants, nose deep in a book on plants, or fingers deep in creating cocktails, you can find Kat hiking with her dog Isis Franklin Ewe, followed by dancing in her favorite Speakeasy… right next to her old school record player adjacent to stacks of crystals, feathers and books. Check out her articles at Chilled online magazine and Distiller magazine for a bit more insight into her world!