Shaken, not stirred. At least that’s what Bond says in Ian Fleming’s first book, Casino Royale. Indeed 007’s first drink was a Vesper, a mix of Gin, Vodka and Kina Lillet. Too bad he didn’t have any Gin Mare to add, the newest addition to internationally renown family cellar Giró Ribot.
I went to the US Debut launch party of Gin Mare at the gorgeous Ramscale Studio in the West Village as part of their Med Rooftops series — an international rooftop party series in unique settings distributed among the world’s leading capital cities which, for just a few days in the summer, will become places of reference to celebrate and share Mediterranean culture through music, cuisine and the unique getaway offered by Mare Nostrum, or, for those of you who don’t speak Latin, the Mediterranean Sea.
Not a gin man myself, I still enjoyed the refreshing and distinctly herbal flavor of Gin Mare. Their Med Mojito was absolutely delicious, made with Gin Mare, simple syrup, orange lime and lemon slices, fresh basil leaves and Chipotle Tabasco.
My girlfriend preferred their Signature G&T, made with Gin Mare, Rosemary sprig, orange zest & 1724 Tonic water. 007 himself would have liked their Perfect Martini, again made with Gin Mare, Lillet Blanc, sea salt and fresh strawberry (well, maybe he wouldn’t have liked the strawberry…).
The view from the rooftop was simply gorgeous. Overlooking the Hudson, on a clear day your view is unobstructed and you could catch a beautiful sunset if you’re lucky. Delicious food, Great cocktails, Stunning views and Beautiful people, what more can one ask for? Oh, and did I mention Lo Bosworth stopped by?!?!
– Michael Riegelman