It’s that time of year again, the opening of the annual Gin Mare Mediterranean Inspirations competition.
We’re sure you know the drill, but if not, the brief is to create a cocktail inspired by the Mediterranean, a twist on the Gin & Tonic: the Mare Nostrum, and a food-inspired recipe that this year revolves around the artichoke.
At a loss with artichokes? Gin Mare and Foodpairing.com have produced a handy flavour wheel, which can help you out.
Three regional heats will take place, London, Manchester and Edinburgh followed by the UK final in London. The UK victor will travel to Gin Mare’s villa in Ibiza to compete against bartenders from Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, USA, China and Scandinavia.
Here are the rules:
- Each recipe must contain a minimum of 40ml of Gin Mare, which should be the foundation of each drink.
- The Mare Nostrum Cocktail recipe must include at least two alcoholic ingredients, but no more than four.
- The maximum number of alcoholic and non-alcoholic ingredients in the Mare Nostrum Cocktail is limited to six, including syrups, fruit juices, dashes of bitters, etc.
- Carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks are allowed.
For more information, or to enter the competition, visit the competition website.Enter here