The Gin & Tonic season has truly arrived and, whilst there is a true art in
perfecting the classic mix of gin, tonic and ice, sometimes I have a hankering
for something a little more, hence my breakfast-inspired gin. This is partly
inspired by the limited release of FEW Breakfast Gin at Tales of the Cocktail.
Now, you may be thinking that a kippers and bacon Gin & Tonic may not sound
particularly appealing and I agree, so I went, instead, for a slightly more
“continental breakfast” style.
50ml marmalade-infused Bombay Sapphire East*
One Earl Grey tea bag
150ml tonic water
2 slices/wedges of orange and 2 of grapefruit
Place the gin into a large wine or coupe glass, add the tea bag, and infuse for
Remove tea bag.
Fill glass with ice and add 3 slices of the citrus fruit.
Top up with tonic water.
Squeeze the juice from one of the grapefruit slices into the glass.
Floral Earl Grey upfront, followed by some botanical flavours from the gin and
a touch of menthol pepper. This moves onto a mix of sweet marmalade and fresh
orange, before a long, dry, zesty finish of grapefruit.
If you fancy learning more about making Gin & Tonics with a wow factor, Bombay
Sapphire are holding the Ultimate Gin & Tonic Discovery Experience on Friday
24th July and Wednesday 29th July at Laverstoke Mill (details below).
Hosted by the UK’s Most Imaginative Bartender Dan Berger and Senior Brand
Ambassador for Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Lavertstoke Mill Sam Carter, each
masterclass will provide a never before chance to learn insider tricks of the
Influenced by his recent involvement in the Bombay Sapphire World’s Most
Imaginative Bartender Competition, Dan has created a number of gin and tonic
twists inspired by the regions from which the botanicals in each bottle of
Bombay Sapphire are sourced. Guests will learn how to re-create these twists in
an interactive masterclass whilst hearing tales from his experience in the
competition. Resident cocktail expert Sam Carter will also be on hand to guide
guests in making their twists whilst talking through the history of the brand.
Tickets are priced at £40 and need to be booked in advance via the website
http://www.distillery.bombaysapphire.com. Each masterclass starts at 7pm and runs for
an hour and a half.
*Marmalade Infused Bombay Sapphire East is made by combining one teaspoon of marmalade for every 50ml of gin, combine and leave to infuse for 2 hours, occasionally shaking. If you need it quicker added ingredients to cocktail shake (without ice) and shake vigorously. Strain out remaining marmalade before use.