On the beverages front, Argentina is known for its yerba mate tea as well as wine in all manner of colours. The former comes from a tree native to the north-east province of Misiones whose leaves are crushed to a dust-like substance prior to brewing. Wine, meanwhile, hails from Salta in the north-west, Mendoza running alongside the Andes and the more southern Patagonia. Although Malbec and Torrontés are the most well-known popular grapes, Argentina is also seeing a boom in Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Bonarda and Chardonnay among others.
So it might come as a surprise to find out that a certain spirit more usually distilled in the UK is causing a disturbance on the Buenos Aires cocktail scene.
Renato “Tato” Giovannoni’s Príncipe de los apóstoles launched earlier this year to quite a fanfare given that it is Latin America’s first high-end gin. Not only that, but it also has a marked Argentine identity thanks to a yerba mate infusion, as well as other local botanicals.
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