It’s the peak of the season for Summer soirees, wedding weekends, and backyard BBQ’s, which means it’s time to add some some refreshing, tasty cocktails to the menu. We recommend nothing less than high quality, yet affordable spirits to mix up a cocktail masterpeice – Gin Mare and 123 Organic Tequila. Read on for 3 creative cocktail recipes to try this Summer!
Gin Mare opens the door to a new variety of gins, with a novel pan-Mediterranean concept that unites the different cultures around this sea representing their botanical stars such as: Arbequina olives, thyme, basil and rosemary. The Arbequina olive is the only one in the world with its own Designation of Origin. Our Mediterranean botanicals include Basil from Italy, Thyme from Greece, Rosemary from Turkey, and Citrus fruits from Spain.
Lemon Berry Gin & Tonic
Glassware: collins glass
2 ounces Gin Mare Mediterranean Gin
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
½ ounce simple syrup
3-4 basil leaves
1724 tonic water
Garnish: basil and lemon twist
Procedure: Place berries in the bottom of a glass, and muddle until well crushed. Add lemon juice, simple syrup, and basil leaves, and muddle gently (don’t shred the basil!). Add Gin Mare, fill the glass with ice, and top with tonic. Garnish with basil and a lemon twist.
Founded by long-time agave cultivator and distiller David Ravandi, 123 Organic Tequila is made from ten-year-old, slowly ripened lowland agaves cooked for two days in traditional stone ovens to concentrate flavor and double-distlled using a small batch process. Through prioritization of environmentally sustainable practices, 123 Organic Tequila has received ‘organic’ designations from the USDA and European Union.
Source: Trader Vic’s Bartender’s Guide (adapted)
If you’re looking for a delicious way to enjoy a great tequila that isn’t a traditional Margarita, why not try this variation on a classic Mai Tai created by Trader Vic (father of the Mai Tai) for use at his Mexican food chain Señior Pico in 1972. Think of it as a Mai Tai with tequila … or a Margarita with orgeat. Either way, tequila and Tiki are two things we can’t get enough of.
Glassware: double old fashioned or Tiki mug
2 ounces 123 Organic Tequila “Uno” Blanco
½ ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce orange curacao or triple sec (like Merlet Trois Citrus)
¼ ounce simple syrup
¼ ounce orgeat
Garnish: half a squeezed lime shell, mint sprig
Procedure: Combine all ingredients with crushed ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake until it’s almost too cold to hold onto, then pour unstrained into a double old fashioned glass, and garnish with half a spent lime shell and a sprig of fresh mint. Salud!
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