Whilst in Gran Canaria I found that when asking for a G&T I was offered a gin with a pale pink hue. Upon investigation I discovered that this gin was Gin Puerto de Indias Strawberry and upon tasting I concluded that this smooth gin with a sharp edge and hint of strawberries was the perfect companion to gazing out to sea in the hot weather.
When talking about a strawberry gin, it sounds obvious to say that it’s the strawberries that make this gin so special, but you have to understand that they’re not just any old strawberries. Puerto de Indias uses strawberries from the region of Huelva in Andalusia, which are purported to be the best in Europe.
Huelva strawberries are particularly popular in France and Germany, but it may surprise you to discover that this berries roots lie in California. Indeed, the Sevillan Antonio Media brought them to Andalusia in the 1960s to plant them in his country and indeed it was a successful venture as this region produces approximately 250 tons a year.
Having quaffed a glass or two of this gin I conclude that it would make a fantastic alternative to Pimms. Indeed, you can use Gin Puerto de Indias Strawberry to make super simple summer cocktails. It’s great served over ice with tonic, but I love it poured over frozen berries and served with a cinnamon stick.
I’ll definitely be using this gin to create some nice cocktails and it’s one I’ll be adding to my drinks cupboard.