We’re all pretty damn ready to be bar hopping through Barcelona right now, amirite?! Come December every year, it feels like we’re clawing our way to the new year, gasping for air (and a strong drink). Well, until you can make a great escape, we’ve found the next best thing. Ten gin cocktails that will transport you around the world sans plane ticket.
We jumped on board with Bombay Sapphire Gin, to take you on a trip around ten Adelaide venues who were tasked with creating a unique cocktail inspired by one of Bombay Sapphire’s key ingredients and the location they’re sourced from. Each venue has added their bespoke cocktail to their menu for a limited time over summer so if you’re a gin lover, in need of a mental holiday or looking for a great place to grab a good cocktail, keep this guide handy. Here’s the magic that each bartender came up with and where to order it…
Panda Flip at Hains & Co
Hains & Co have pretty much copied and pasted the feeling of rolling through the Mediterranean countryside of Spain, with a nutty cocktail that heroes the humble almond. Hains & Co’s Panda Flip is loaded with Bombay Sapphire gin, Hains & Co’s own toasted almond orgeat, a house-made buttered almond compound and toasted almond to top it off. Note: nautical-themed theatrics not included with every drink.
Rosa Nera at Therapy
Need a cocktail as black as your soul? Descend to the cool basement bar that is Therapy and get yours hands on a Rosa Nera which translates to black rose. Don’t let the colour scare you though – this aromatic cocktail pays homage to Iris Root used in Bombay Sapphire gin. The cocktail will lure you in with Averna, Oleo Saccharum, Strongwater Riza Bitters, activated charcoal and rose petal smoke.
Mi Scuzi at Mr Goodbar
Longing for a European summer spent exploring Italy’s hidden laneways? Us too. Quench that thirst in the meantime with a Mi Scuzi from Mr Goodbar pairing Bombay Sapphire gin with one of Italy’s hero apéritifs, Campari, to create a bittersweet gin and Campari spritz.
Unknown at 2nd & 6th
2nd & 6th take the classic lemon flavours of a gin fizz to the next level with Bombay Sapphire gin, St Germain, Montenegro, lemon juice, sugar syrup, egg, topped with smoked salt and angustura bitters. The result? A floral, lemony, herby gin fizz to rival those your Grandma used to down.
Angel’s Cure at Mayfair Hotel
Anything with “butterfly pea” in it sounds innocent enough, right? Add Bombay Sapphire gin, steeped angelica root syrup, raspberries, blueberries and lemon juice, and you basically have yourself a fruit salad.
Vacation Martini at The Bibliotheca Bar & Book Exchange
If getting lost in a good book poolside surrounded by a lush rainforest sounds like your idea of the perfect holiday, then we’ve found a cocktail and venue that will transport you right to a tropical paradise (well… close enough). Head to Bibliotheca for a coconutty coffee Vacation Martini with Bombay Sapphire gin inspired by Java’s Cubeb Berries and bliss out.
Le Don Spritz at Casablabla
Be whisked away to Southern China to cruise down the Li River or cycle through the city streets of Guangzhou with this Chinese cinnamon, ginger, Aperol and Bombay Sapphire gin concoction. Even if the Chinese dream isn’t yours, this refreshing blend will certainly cool you down on a hot summers night.
Paname at La Buvette
We’ve found the gin fizz’s older, cooler sibling – the Paname. Although the name suggests it’s a French cocktail, La Buvette have thrown us a curveball and drawn on Bombay Sapphire’s liquorice root found in China, amplifying the flavour with absinthe and star anise.
Blood Diamond at Hotel Richmond
Inspired by West Africa’s Grain of Paradise, the bartenders at Hotel Richmond have concocted one bloody delicious cocktail using Bombay Sapphire gin, blood orange liqueur, ginger & cardamon simple syrup topped with foamy goodness, dried blood orange and pink peppercorns.
Sapphire Atai at Electra House
A twist on the popular Moroccan tea, Atai, Electra House’s Sapphire Atai combines toasted coriander seed, Bombay Sapphire gin, fresh chopped coriander stem, fresh ginger, lemon juice, honey water, cold pressed apple juice and a pinch of salt and cumin.
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