On behalf of GIN MARE, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants official gin partner, we were invited to a very special evening of Mediterranean tapas paired with Gin Mare cocktails. Sponsors of the Art of Hospitality award, Gin Mare are bringing ‘Vila Mare’ to Singapore and opening the doors to their restauranteur and culinary friends, to showcase the very finest Mediterranean hospitality.
Crafted in an 18th-century chapel of an ancient fishing village in Spain, Gin Mare uses a Mediterranean-inspired recipe of botanicals, including Arbequina olives, thyme, rosemary, and basil distilled individually to preserve their aromas, flavors, and properties. From its unique blend of botanicals to an iconic bottle design with a sinuous base reflecting the waves of the sea, the Mediterranean culture is encapsulated within each bottle of Gin Mare.
Established in 2010, Gin Mare is the first gin that distills the Mediterranean lifestyle into a bottle. The distillery works on producing one of the world's favourite gin with a base of premium barley and independently distilled Mediterranean-inspired botanicals; these ingredients combine for the brand’s signature blend, allowing each botanical to be expressed in the final product which exudes finesse and perfection.
Hospitality is deeply rooted in the Mediterranean way of life, a culture that encompasses conviviality, a love of cuisine, and the enjoyment of every moment. Gin Mare brings this spirit to life with every drop and is honoured to celebrate Asia’s finest restaurants in their commitment to world-class service, and so the pairing would go with various cuisine as defined in their partnership with Gaig Singapore in this exclusive showcase at Equarius Sea Front Villas at Resorts World Sentosa!
As an extension of the partnership, Gin Mare brought the Mediterranean essence to Singapore via Villa Mare, a VIP affair designed to bring the art of hospitality to life through a memorable gastronomic experience. Michelin-awarded chef Carles Gaig prepared a tapas menu paired with Gin Mare cocktails curated by Behind the Curtain’s Marc Perez. We got to experience the merging of Mediterranean gastronomy with cocktails showcasing the uniquely balanced botanicals of Gin Mare.
Brown-Forman completed the purchase of Gin Mare in November 2022 and welcomes this unique gin to a growing world-class portfolio of super-premium brands, including Jack Daniel’s, Woodford Reserve, and Benriach, among others.
We were pleased that The Oyster Cart was included as one of the partners at this lovely tasting event, as we have know Adam for a long time; they are purveyors of on-site oyster shucking and delivery services since 2013. They offer only the finest and freshest oysters with a service standard that is inimitable and so when we arrived, we were treated to a distinct bevy of different oyster origins; the Portuguese, Dutch and Canadian oysters that were infused with Gin Mare, leaving an immaculate taste; it was simply wonderful and so were the offerings from Gaig Singapore, comprising of a selection of Finger food…
Crispy bread with tomato and EVOO with jamón ibérico cured 36 monti
Salmorejo soup shot and basil oil
Coca toast with oven cooked calçots (kind of soft onion from Catalonia) and romasco sauce.
Gilda: anchovy, olive and piparra
Sweet: mini lemon tart
Gaig Singapore also prepared an Experience Station that came with the lovely Salmon flambé with GinMare on blinis, crème fraîche and dill.. yo.. so good and also the Beef tartar marinated with GinMare on rosemary sablé.. exquisite! Pairing was Heavenly, thats all we can exclaim and suggest, when we left the auspices of the event!
To learn more about Gin Mare and its unique blend of Mediterranean botanicals, please visit the website at www.ginmare.com.