Costa Rican-inspired Samara Gin launches in the UK

Samara Gin

Samara, a new premium gin that ‘evokes the beauty of Costa Rica’, is making its debut in the UK.

The floral London Dry-style gin features botanicals from common flowers and ingredients that flourish in Costa Rica, Central America.

Key ingredients include hibiscus, rosehip, orange peel, rose, elderflower, honey and cardamom, with a neutral grain spirit base.

Produced at the Yorkshire Dales Distillery in copper column stills, the 40% ABV gin is four-times vapour-infused to create a “crisp, bright, exotic and bold flavour” and features “complex floral notes with hints of honey sweetness, cardamom and orange peel”.

Samara is said to pair best with a Mediterranean tonic and a mint garnish, but it can also be complemented by strawberries or thyme and used in a variety of cocktails, including a French 75, combining the gin with champagne, lemon juice and sugar.

Created by founders Eduardo Montero and Ana Cammarano, a husband and wife team who came to the UK from Costa Rica nearly three years ago, the brand takes its name from the coastal hamlet of Samara on Cost Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, with one of the safest beaches Playa Samara.

Eduardo said: “When we moved to the UK, we wanted to create a gin that evokes the smells, nature, adventure and beauty of our beloved homeland, Costa Rica.

“It is a country full of natural beauty and wildlife, flora and fauna, as anyone who has been will know.

“We want to transport you there with our gin, which is why we’ve carefully selected the botanicals in our floral gin to be those commonly found in Costa Rica, including hibiscus, honey, cardamom and orange peel.”

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