The weather in Edinburgh was very contrary yesterday. One minute, it was warm and sunny. The next, the rain was coming down so hard it was bouncing off the pavement. Then it was sunny again, and so on, and so forth.
In between sitting out in the garden and running indoors to take refuge, there were lemon and basil mojitos, made with the delicious Gin Mare. 31Dover – an online drinks vendor with an unbeatable selection of wine, beer, spirits and barware – kindly sent me a bottle of Gin Mare to try. Their timing couldn’t have been more perfect, as I continued to pine over my recent holiday in Italy.
Gin Mare hails from Spain, and is distilled using olives, thyme, basil and rosemary, all of which make you think of the sights, smells and tastes of the Mediterranean. It was clear to me that this delicious gin would not only make a great gin and tonic, but would also taste mighty fine in a mojito. And so, my lemon and basil gin mojito was born. Fancy trying one for yourself? Grab a few basil leaves, some Gin Mare, ice, sparkling water, a lemon and a teaspoon of sugar, before following these steps:
- To a glass, add the juice of half a lemon and half a teaspoon of sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves
- Add three basil leaves to the same glass, and press down on the leaves to help release the flavour of the herb
- Fill the glass half full with ice, before adding 50ml of gin. Top up with sparkling water. Stir and garnish with some basil leaves.
These went down so well that we were drinking them with friends long into the night, while talking at length about why we should all quit our jobs and move to the Med.
Have you tried Gin Mare? If not, I thoroughly recommend it, especially if you’re a fan of Mediterranean flavours.4 likes