The ultimate “Sweet Temptation” is a deliciously made fresh Puerto Strawberry Sangria made with strawberry flavored gin, wine, club soda and fresh strawberries.
The gin’s extensive strawberry and juniper nuances add a fresh, fruity, and smooth twist to this summer classic. We asked the team at Puerto de Indias to tell us more about this original pink gin.
The brand has a long history- talk to us about the history/heritage of the brand.
The story of Puerto de Indias begins at the heart of Seville when chance and ingenuity were combined to change the destiny of a family. It is the story of two brothers from Seville. Following their intuition and love for their region, they purchased one of the oldest distilleries in Andalusia, which was on the brink of closing: Los Alcores de Carmona, the home of the first Andalusian pacharán. Unbeknownst to them, their passion for tradition and innovation would begin the greatest revolution of the gin sector from a small corner of Seville.
Tell us a bit about the distillery? Location/founders.
To travel to the origin of Puerto de Indias, we must go back to 1880, when a Basque migrant named Izaguirre arrived in Carmona, and an emblematic enclave which had witnessed the history of the place, the Los Alcores estate – previously used for Roman baths and Arab mills – was transformed with the construction of the distillery.
The underground spring from the Roman era and the climate conditions it causes were ideal for beginning the creation of a series of distilled spirits in copper stills through traditional techniques.
One hundred and twenty years later, in 2003, captivated by the magic of the place, the stills from another era and the warmth of the land and its people, our founders purchased the distillery.
What inspired the brand?
In 2013, at this small, traditional distillery the greatest innovation in the spirit sector in the last half century arose. Thanks to the constant desire to explore new ways to revive the distillery, the brothers decided to macerate fresh strawberries in alcohol to sell to patisseries. In winter, this experiment fulfilled its purpose, but when the spring heat arrived in Seville, it brought an unexpected gift: the pressed strawberries were diluted in the alcohol, naturally coloring it pink. The brothers decided to distill the liquid and share it with friends. The response was so positive that the word spread and soon the first strawberry gin in history was created.
How has the category changed throughout the years?
This is quite a new category. Puerto de Indias was a pioneer at the forefront of a whole new world of flavored gins among which, pink is most relevant.
Talk to us about Puerto de Indias Gin.
Puerto de Indias is an original idea, and not only because it is the first fresh strawberry gin in the world, but also original because since the beginning, it has established itself as a brand which has gone against the flow. The history of Puerto de Indias demonstrates the boldness of knowing that new rules are created by breaking the old ones.
Puerto de Indias is not just the reinvention of gin or the story of a recipe with its own personality. It is also about caring for the resources of the land, irrigating them with water from an ancient spring selecting the best local raw materials and allowing them to flourish in a century-old still. Because there is no better legacy than that given to us by our origin.
How does this brand stand out from the others in the category?
Until Puerto de Indias was created, no other gin had been created with fresh strawberries, which led to our own original, traditional recipe, created by a family which with dedication and effort, created an authentic revolution that has changed the way of drinking gin. It is both smooth and bitter at the same time, beginning on the lips, and continuing with an experience of unexpected nuances.
What should bartenders know about serving/mixing with Puerto de Indias?
Puerto de Indias is enjoying the same thing as always but like never before, opening a new universe of flavor which until now was unimaginable. It is smoothness and personality. It is taking the essence from fresh strawberries to give all their flavor to the gin.
Puerto de Indias was created, to be enjoyed by consumers who are not experts in dry distilled spirits and who are amazed by an authentic and original flavor which combines the bitterness of gin and the sweetness of strawberries.
To enjoy the authentic perfect serve of Puerto de Indias Strawberry, bartenders can recommend and mix a range of delicious cocktails from the sweetest options (with 7 Up/ Sprite) or the more classic option (with tonic). In either case, first select a balloon glass which will allow the both the flavor and the penetrating aroma of fresh strawberries to be noted. Next, chill the glass with a few ice cubes, discarding the melted water. Add several slices of fresh strawberry, the gin, and finally, pour in the tonic or 7 Up/Sprite.
Where do you see the flavored gin category headed?
According to recent research, flavored spirits are the preference when it comes to cocktails1. Consumers are increasingly looking for berry flavors (48%, up 4% over 2020), as well as flavors that are refreshing (46%, up 3% over 2020) and fruity (42%, up 3% on 2020). Out of these, strawberry flavors are the clear category leader, with 42% of consumers reporting they choose it when having a cocktail. Puerto De Indias, the original strawberry gin and the ‘Sweet Temptation’ is made with real strawberries and is perfectly suited to current consumer trends.
- 5 oz. Puerto De Indias Strawberry Gin
- 1 bottle (750ml) Chilled Rose Wine
- 8-12 oz. Club Soda or Lemon/Lime soda to taste
- Fresh Sliced Strawberries and Lemons
Preparation: Add the Puerto de Indias Gin and the chilled rosé wine to a pitcher filled with ice. Top with the soda and stir to combine. Add the fresh strawberry and lemon slices and stir gently to integrate. Enjoy!