With classic cocktails being all the rage, one of the easiest, and most classic, of cocktails is the gin and tonic. I was reintroduced to this summer favorite when trying Gin Mare, a stunning gin that captures the essence of the Mediterranean in a bottle.
Gin Mare is made from botanicals sourced from all over the Mediterranean. Arbequina olives from Spain, rosemary from Greece, basil from Italy, thyme from Turkey, oranges from Valencia and Seville and lemons from Seville. Add coriander, juniper berries and green cardamom and you have a gin that is as beautiful as the bottle it is packaged in. It’s both deliciously herbaceous and wonderfully refreshing.
After inhaling the intoxicating aroma of these botanicals, I had to sample the gin over ice, without tonic, and I’m so glad I did. It doesn’t need tonic, but to keep it as a lower alcohol drink that you can enjoy in the summer heat, adding three parts tonic water to one part gin makes the perfect summer sipper.
Gin Mare was launched in 2010, but the Giro Ribot family has been in the wine and spirits business since 1835. Each bottle is made in a distillery located in a thirteenth century chapel, once a monks’ retreat, in an ancient fishing village called Vilanova I la Geltru, about 50 miles outside Barcelona.
Gin Mare retails for $39 and would make a wonderful gift. Especially for yourself. Enjoy it before the summer is over.