Salcombe Gin has launched a Mediterranean-inspired dry rosé gin called ‘Rosé Sainte Marie’ for summer.
The spirit is named after the iconic Sainte Marie lighthouse which marks the Southern entrance to the Old Port of Marseille, from where nineteenth-century Salcombe Fruit Schooners would load citrus fruits and herbs bound for England’s ports.
Traditional juniper provides the gin’s structure, partnered with “natural, soft sweetness” from strawberries and angelica. Twelve further hand sourced botanicals are combined, including lemon verbena, fresh lemon and orange peels, rose petals, orange blossom and pink peppercorns.
On the palate, the 41.4% ABV expression has “fullness and intensity while remaining smooth with an endearing and lingering softness to finish”.
The gin is purposefully dry in style, with no added sugar, letting the consumer control the level of sweetness of their G&T through mixer and garnish.
Angus Lugsdin, co-founder of Salcombe Distilling Co, said: “We’re extremely excited to launch this exceptional gin, our second commercial release, exactly three years after the launch of ‘Start Point’.
“With so many overly sweet and synthetically coloured gins in the market, we set out to elevate the category by creating a dry pink gin with no added sugar, a nod to the crisp and dry rosé wines from Provence.
“The recipe draws inspiration from the heritage and trading routes of the Salcombe Fruit Schooners and the citrus fruits and herbs they carried back to England.”
Salcombe Gin recommends serving ‘Rosé Sainte Marie’ in a pink G&T or the Salcombe Spritz cocktail (recipes below).
‘Rosé Sainte Marie’ Pink G&T
50ml ‘Rosé Sainte Marie’
Premium Indian tonic water
Fill a large wine glass with ice and add a large measure of gin to three parts premium Indian tonic water. Garnish with a slice of strawberry to accentuate the bouquet of red fruit or a twist of fresh lemon peel to bring the fragrant citrus to the fore.
Salcombe Rosé Spritz
25ml Salcombe Gin ‘Rosé Sainte Marie’
Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic water
Twist of orange peel
Fill a large wine glass with ice, add the Salcombe Gin ‘Rosé Sainte Marie’ and Aperol. Top up with Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic water, stir gently and garnish with a twist of orange peel on the side of the glass.