A wave of spirits is bringing nautical tasting notes into drinkers’ glasses. The first oyster vodka hit shelves last year. The spirit, created by The Industrious Spirit Company (ISCO), is distilled with “just-hauled-from-the-sea” oysters to impart “a savory and briny seacoast minerality with a subtle hint of bivalve bouquet,” ISCO CEO Manya K. Rubinstein said in a press release. The company is now developing a gin infused with oysters and kelp that will be released later this year.
Hendrick’s released a limited-edition ocean inspired gin last year. The gin, called Neptunia, is made with coastal herbs and sea botanicals sourced from the Scottish coast, blended to “express the magic of the sea in liquid form,” the brand said. “Hendrick’s Neptunia for me is that freeing feeling of the sea bottled in a gin,” the master distiller said in a statement. As part of the launch, Hendrick’s created an underwater bar in Madrid, Spain, installed on the sand of the ocean floor. While intrepid patrons had to be fully suited in scuba gear and a diving helmet to reach the bar, specially designed scuba tanks let them drink cocktails underwater.