Bombay Sapphire: The Cocktails
Posted on August 09 2016
Bombay Sapphire invited six of the UK’s leading mixologists from some of London’s most acclaimed bars to create a reinterpreted expression of the Bombay Sapphire Ultimate Gin & Tonic. Inspired by the ten exotic botanicals that create the gin's iconic taste, each mixologist was asked to explore the future of this famous drink, ensuring that the core elements of the recipe are maintained whilst creating an expression that plays with the classic compounds of the gin & tonic using their trademark, innovative style. This is what the mixologists created...
"Ariana's Garden" - Constanca Corderior, Peg & Patriot
It was the refreshing and uplifting character of Bombay Sapphire’s crisp and delicate liquid that inspired Constanca Corderiro to create ‘Ariana’s Garden’, a garden cocktail featuring earthy notes from homemade dill syrup, peashoot infused Bombay Sapphire and jasmine. This drink has been presented in beautiful hand painted glassesand comes with its own garden soundtrack. Slip on the headphones and enjoy the drink in a distant calming world.
"Whoops Daisy" - Andy Mil, Cocktail Trading Company
A creation that celebrates the journey the gin and tonic has taken over the past 200 years. Whoops Daisy comes as a set of three drink that takes you on the journey. Using ingredients such as Boiron morello cherry and cranberry puree, hazelnut, orange blossom and citric syrup. The drink is displayed in a knocked over wine glass, that when tea is added to it, turns into a delicious cocktail.
G & Ice-T - Dav Eames, Gilbert Scott
This refreshing cocktail focuses on the ‘gin & tonic moment’ of the day, featuring thyme and elderflower tonic snow. For those wanting to turn mixologist themselves, there is even an option to assemble the drink yourself, creating your own patterns and layers to find that perfect taste.
"Gateway to Bombay" - Dean Shurry, Chiltern Firehouse
Inspired by the dryness and bitterness of a traditional gin & tonic, Gateway to Bombay features barrel aged fermented tonic with Bombay air that nods towards the birthplace of the gin & tonic in India. Simple yet elegant in style, this cocktail lets the taste do the talking.
"Nature's Yield" George Simmons, Heddon Street Kitchen
Taking presentation of cocktails to a whole new level. Nature's Yield from George Simmons is served exactly as you see it, with Bonsai tree and tonic droplets to flavour your drink. This is the eye opening cocktail for style as well as taste.
"Nettle Beer Collins" Marcis Dzelzainis, Sager + Wilde
This drink by Marcis Dzelzainis re-examines industrialised ingredients whilst focusing on the reviving and health benefits of tonic back in the 1920s. Using home brewed nettle beer, which can surprisingly be consumed on its own, this cocktail does not need to scream style, it quite happily lets your tastebuds judge for themselves.
Having tried all the cocktails for myself, I can honestly say that I was surprised with the variety of tastes, each one entirely different from the next. There will be a cocktail and taste for everyone out there and with six incredible locations to try out these drinks until the end of the year, it is time to get exploring!