Have you ever discovered something – a drink, say – that you liked so much you wanted to shout its praises from the rooftops and inflame the idea of it in the minds of everyone you met? Well, that’s what happened to me the first time I tried Príncipe de los Apóstoles Gin. My friends will all tell you how much I love good gin. In fact I hold quality gin in the same esteem that I reserve for a fine Bordeaux, the major symphonies of Mozart and many of the brisk one-liners of Groucho Marx.
And I’m far from being alone on this one. Los Apóstoles was named “the First Luxury Gin in South America” by Decanter Magazine and was rated 94 points by The Tasting Panel. It was created by Tato Giovannoni, the Number One Mixologist in Buenos Aires. His bar – Floreria Atlantico – is deemed one of the Top 50 in the World by Drinks International and visiting it quickly rose to somewhere near the top of my bucket list.
The key botanical in Los Apóstoles Gin is Yerba Mate, the national drink of Argentina. Yerba Mate is said to offer the strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate. It delivers energy, is highly nutritious, and according to one study, practically all the vitamins necessary to sustain life. Other botanicals in Los Apóstoles include juniper, coriander, peppermint, eucalyptus, and pink grapefruit. All ingredients are organic.
But it’s summertime in Florida, and rather than working up a sweat shouting about this delightful and unique gin, I’d like to offer you this link to some truly delicious and unique cocktail recipes. I feel sure you will want to try some of them yourself. And maybe we will meet in that bar in Buenos Aires. Cheers friends!
Bill Stobbs, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Sales Manager
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