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Mare Ruggata was developed by Panagiotis Kanavetas, as the Mediterranean alternative of the tropical drink Royal Hawaiian.

According to Beachbum Berry’s Remixed – A Gallery of Tiki Drinks – the Royal Hawaiian Cocktail was one of “three attempts by Polynesian joints to steer gin drinkers away from Martinis”. Mare Ruggata cocktail was developed by Panagiotis Kanavetas, as the Mediterranean alternative of the tropical drink Royal Hawaiian. Of course, gin is always an excellent base for different styles of cocktails and I really get upset whenever I hear that “this gin was designed for the perfect Dry Martini” or similar stories. Gin is a wonderful canvas to “write” different taste profiles on it and this is something that we have been proving every single day in faltso bar since 2010. The juice of a freshly squeezed lime works beautifully with the yellow pineapple and the milky-white almond flavored syrup. Of course the Mediterranean gin from Spain called Gin Mare loves to pair with herbs, spices and citrus. The pineapple borrows its thick texture to the Mare Ruggata Cocktail, while Plum bitters create an amazing contrasting flavor against gin’s juniper and the added cardamom. Here is the recipe for the Mare Ruggata Cocktail:

Mare Ruggata

  • 45 ml Mediterranean Gin Mare
  • 20 ml orgeat syrup (Monin)
  • 20 ml fresh lime juice
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 2 dashes Fee Brothers Plum bitters
  • 30 ml organic pressed pineapple juice

Muddle the cradamom in base of a mixixng glass. Pour Gin Mare, the juices and the rest ingredients into the mixing glass. Add large cold ice cubes and shake vigorously. Strain into a double old fashioned glasss filled with an ice ball and garnish with a basil leave.