When it comes to the world of polo, two things can be expected: The players are dashingly bronzed, frequently endowed with fabulous manes of hair and names like Nacho and Adolfo; and the spirit of choice for spectators at any match is gin.
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From the Brit classic Pimm’s Cup to the G&T, it’s a perfect pairing— crisp, refreshing, and indubitably refined. Now, American polo star Nic Roldan (who boasts matinee idol looks himself) is aiming to make an impact on the gin scene stateside with High Goal Gin, a small-batch luxury spirit crafted in Charleston, S.C. Six times distilled and infused with a refreshing mix of botanicals—think Meyer lemon, mint, juniper, coriander, and cardamom—the product is the brainchild of Roldan and fellow polo aficionados Matti Christian Anttila and Diego Urrutia.
“Gin and polo have long been intertwined,” notes Roldan. “I strongly believe there’s an opportunity to evolve the feel of gin, making it attractive to a younger demographic. High Goal Gin’s smooth, light taste makes it unique.” His favorite way to experience High Goal? The Roldan, of course (recipe below), which he considers the perfect summer cocktail. “It’s easy to drink and, with the berries, encompasses the taste of summer for me,” he says. “It takes me back to Aspen, where I’m lucky enough to spend the summer, but is equally at home in the Hamptons.”
2 oz. High Goal Gin
Place cleaned strawberries in a shaker and muddle thoroughly (or mash with a spoon).
Add gin and ice.
Shake and pour into a stemless wine glass.
Garnish with fresh basil leaf.