This Gin's For You!

This Gin's For You!

A perfect Gin Mare gin martini (Courtesy of Gin Mare)

I must admit from the onset, I am not a gin drinker. My preferred cocktail has always been a Grey Goose Martini, straight up, chilled with olives and a twist. But this particular invitation was hard to resist: To celebrate the new Mediterranean gin Gin Mare, I was invited to a rooftop party in the West Village, complete with views of the Hudson River and Lady Liberty, open bar and a DJ. While the party was great fun—it was a warm but windy night, and the crowd was your typical sprinkling of hip, beautiful young Manhattanites in the entertainment and lifestyle industries—I had some trepidation about trying the gin cocktails (which was, naturally, all that was being served). Still, when on the roof at a chic Manhattan party, do as the partiers and—so I ordered myself a classic martini, took a deep breath and a long sip. Surprisingly, the flavor was delightful: nice and cold, the gin, which is distilled in Barcelona and made in small batches in copper pots, was aromatic and easy to enjoy: the herbs it is made with (thyme, rosemary, basil), were subtle, but detectable and the gin slid down easily. For you gin lovers looking for a new gin to try, even better news: restaurants around town now offering Gin Mare include the vegetarian hot spot Nix (72 University Pl., 212.498.9393); The Garret East cocktail lounge (206 Ave. A, no phone); and the hearty American yet über-trendy Smith (956 Second Ave., 212.644.2700. If you’d like to take a bottle home, check out Astor Wine & Spirits (399 Lafayette St., 212.674.7500). This Gin Game was well played, indeed!