Gin Mare: The Mediterranean Meets Manhattan
I never thought I'd drink it again after consuming too much of it back in high school (sorry Mom & Dad). Gin & juice was my jam - both figuratively and literally - Snoop Dogg was blowing up my Walkman back then. My friend and I used to hide inside her bedroom closet and pour shots of it into our glasses of orange juice. Then we'd refill the bottle with water - real smooth. Unless her parents loved watered down gin, I'm sure they knew what we were up to. #tobe16again
The idea of sitting down for a glass of orange juice and gin makes me feel queasy. However, after covering a lot of bar openings and renovations over the last few years, I've noticed that gin is always a prominent player on the cocktail menu.
So, now that I'm a grown up lady, I've found that I actually like gin. Not only do I like gin but I find that it goes with pretty much everything. Last week, I attended the U.S. launch party for Gin Mare at Ramscale Studios. This Mediterranean liquor is made with some pretty stellar ingredients: Arbequina olives, thyme, basil, and rosemary to name a few. The gin itself is smooth and inviting. It certainly doesn't have that harsh acidic quality that I used to associate gin with back when I was a teenager. My taste buds were immediately flooded with hints of herbs and juniper.
Lifestyle expert and former Laguna Beach star Lo Bosworth was also there to help kick off the summer rooftop drinking season. I ran into Lo at last year's New York Food & Wine Festival, where she spoke on a panel with Coolio and Valerie Bertinelli about her love of food, attending cooking school here in NYC, and building her lifestyle site, The Lo Down. She really impressed me with not only her confidence but her drive to make her overall brand a success. She admitted that her ultimate goal is to host her own show on the Food Network.
Lo was able to gain some more culinary knowledge from Chef Michael White of Altamarea Group, who was also on the scene creating beautiful hors d'oeuvres that ranged from pate to ceviche. Maybe these two were brainstorming birthday party menu ideas - Lo does turn the big 3-0 in a few months after all.
As someone who's known for enjoying an extremely dirty martini (or three), I was a little anxious to try the Gin Mare "Perfect Martini." I wasn't sure about a gin-based version. But the mixture of Gin Mare, Lillet Blanc, sea salt, and fresh strawberry really was the perfect combo. It was smooth, a little bit sweet, and it paired well with the seafood appetizers.
The Signature G&T was a welcoming way to begin the evening. A mixture of Gin Mare, rosemary sprig, orange zest, and 1724 Tonic Water, this little number was both refreshing and revitalizing.
As the sun set on Manhattan, I could only imagine what it would be like to sip on a delicious Gin Mare cocktail in Spain. I might just have to go find out.
Want to attend a Gin Mare Med Rooftop party yourself? Check out their website to find out where their next fiesta will take place. It just make take you around the world. #getoutyourpassport