Get ready to sip something cool this summer- chef, cookbook author and master blender Lior Lev Sercarz, owner of La Boîte spice emporium in NYC, has just brought his expertise to bear on a cool new botanical gin called Terra. Distilled in Indiana by Cardinal Spirits, the artfully packaged elixir aims to capture "wilderness in a bottle."
Drawing inspiration from his native Israel, Sercarz selected zuta, a wild, indigenous mint that grew on his father’s olive grove in Galilee as the star of his unusual botanical blend. It lends the spirit a "floral herbaceousness with resin and pine character." He balanced it with peppery, aromatic Indonesian cubeb berries and lightly bitter grapefruit.
The results are in and the American Distilling Institute has just awarded Terra a gold medal and named it the Best in Class Contemporary Gin for 2017. For now, it's available in New York City at spirits retailer Mash & Grape as well as at chef Daniel Boulud’s two-starred Michelin restaurant Daniel, where it’s featured in the new tableside cocktail. Bottoms up.