Samara Gin brings Costa Rican inspiration to UK market
A new gin brand, Samara Gin, has this week launched in the UK. The gin, which is a floral London Dry gin, takes its inspiration from Costa Rica, with botanicals carefully selected from common flowers and ingredients that flourish in this tropical Central American paradise.
Key ingredients include hibiscus, rosehip, orange peel, rose, elderflower, honey and cardamom, with a neutral grain spirit base.
A premium hand-crafted gin, Samara is 4x vapour-infused in copper column stills, distilled at the Yorkshire Dales Distillery:
It pairs best with a Mediterranean tonic and a mint garnish, works well with strawberries or thyme and can be used in a variety of cocktails, including a French 75 (gin, champagne, lemon juice and sugar).
The Samara brand was created by founders Eduardo Montero and Ana Cammarano, a husband and wife team who came to the UK from Costa Rica nearly three years ago.
Eduardo Montero says: “When we moved to the UK, we wanted to create a gin that evokes the smells, nature, adventure and beauty of our beloved homeland, Costa Rica. It is a country full of natural beauty and wildlife, flora and fauna, as anyone who has been will know. We want to transport you there with our gin, which is why we’ve carefully selected the botanicals in our floral gin to be those commonly found in Costa Rica, including hibiscus, honey, cardamom and orange peel.”
The brand itself takes its name from the coastal hamlet of Samara, a paradise on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, with one of the safest beaches Playa Samara, which is a favourite among locals and foreign visitors alike.