Top Five Reasons Why Bombay Sapphire Gin is the Spirit of Summer
Yesterday I wrote about how my new Escents Outdoor Survival Kit helped keep the mosquitoes away (although I neglected to use the spray the the day before….and one bit me on the neck….right in my apartment while sleeping…so very rude!) and today I bring you GIN as a remedy! Apparently I’d only had wine that night.
Gin has always been the classic cocktail spirit that was meant to be mixed. As a key ingredient to many of the season’s most refreshing cocktails, it balances botanicals with light and fresh seasonal flavours like citrus and fruits.
“From a subtle hint of citrus, to its complex, yet balanced flavour, gin features the ultimate crisp and refreshing qualities that make it the perfect summer drink,” says David Wolowidnyk, Vancouver Brand Ambassador, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE. “BOMBAY SAPPHIRE’S unique vapour infusion process and exotic handpicked botanicals make it exceptionally well balanced and extraordinarily mixable, making it the perfect choice for your favourite gin cocktail.”
If you haven’t cocktailed at CinCin lately you must. It’s where the talented Wolowidnyk mans the bar and an excellent place for dinner as well. We asked Wolowidnyk for some recipes for the best summer gin drinks and here’s his top two.
Loosen the Knot
- 1 oz Bombay Sapphire EAST Gin
- .5 oz Lemon Juice
- .5 oz Simple Syrup (2:1)
- 2 oz Prosecco
- 1 scoop Lemon/Ginger Sorbet
Preparation: Add the gin, simple syrup and lemon juice to a mixing glass with ice and stir to chill. Strain into a flute. Add Prosecco and top with a scopp of sorbet.
Garnish: 1 scoop of lemon/ginger sorbet
To compliment the Thai Lemon Grass and Vietnamese Black Peppercorn of the Bombay Sapphire EAST, the refreshing acidity of the lemon and the spice of the ginger help to relax and rejuvenate.
- 1.5 oz Bombay Sapphire EAST Gin
- .75 oz Lime Juice
- .5 oz Simple Syrup (2:1)
- 3 pieces of Watermelon (2″ cubes)
- 3 sprigs Cilantro
- 1 pinch Black Pepper (fresh ground)
Method: Shake/On the Rocks
Glass: Old Fashioned Glass
Preparation: In a shaker, muddle watermelon, cilantro and freshly ground pepper. Add Bombay Sapphire EAST, lime juice and simple syrup. Shake with ice until cole and fine strain through a tea strainer to remove solids. Add new ice to the glass and garnish.
Garnish: 1 sprig of cilantro
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE EAST’s Top 5 Reasons why Gin is the Spirit of Summer
- Tonic originated in India as the quinine in tonic was a remedy to combat mosquito-borne malaria. Adding ice, citrus and gin made the tonic more refreshing and palatable and the citrus also helped prevent scurvy. While malaria and scurvy aren’t concerns here in Canada, mosquitoes definitely are…so go ahead and enjoy a Gin and Tonic, just to be safe!
- Since the 1800s, gin has been the go-to spirit for bartenders, as its botanical flavours add complexity to any cocktail, while balancing perfectly with light summer ingredients.
- Many experts would agree that gin is vodka’s worldlier, more interesting older brother. Replacing vodka with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE in summer cocktail favourites such as a Caesar will add a new layer of complexity to your drink.
- Gin is globally renowned for being refreshing on a hot day and consumption rates are highest in warm climates like Spain, the world’s number one gin market.
- Gin is an aperitif, preparing the palate and stimulating the appetite, and thus every great summer BBQ or dining experience should start with a gin cocktail, like a Negroni.
Mosquitoes aside, it’s no surprise that the classic Gin and Tonic is the number #1 reason on BOMBAY SAPPHIRE EAST’s list, with 65% of the world’s gin enjoyed in a Gin and Tonic*.
*Almost forgot disclaimer. I drank some gin.