Every day it seems that we wake up to a new holiday, and I for one love that the world continues to make up reasons to celebrate. If one of those celebrations happens to be for a great cocktail, then you know I’ll be joining in on the festivities. Today, that celebratory concoction just happens to be the Gin & Tonic.
The Gin & Tonic is a classic and timeless cocktail. Perfect for the modern gentleman or lady, the G&T strikes the right balance between simplicity and complexity. The classic recipe is the epitome of simple: the ingredients are right in the name. But it’s the gin that brings the character, complexity, and class to a G&T. And no one does gin like Bombay Sapphire.
The History of the Gin & Tonic
Since Gin is a British spirit, it’s no surprise that it was the British who invented the G&T. What may be surprising however is that its origins were actually medicinal in nature.
Tonic water contains 2 ingredients that give it flavor: quinine, which gives a bitter taste, and lemongrass. In the 18th and 19th centuries quinine was used to combat malaria. The British East India Company would give its soldiers tonic with quinine to ensure that they stay malaria free. Because of its bitter taste, the soldiers would add sugar, water, lime, and gin (from their rations) to make the mixture more palatable. And so the Gin & Tonic was born.
These days malaria isn’t as much of a concern, but making a great cocktail is top of mind for many of us, including Bombay Sapphire. So they set about crafting the perfect gin to make the perfect Gin & Tonic.
The Birth of Bombay Sapphire East
The inspiration behind Bombay Sapphire East came from a desire to make a great G&T, from the flavors in tonic water itself, and from the exotic spices of East Asia.
Bombay Sapphire is made with 10 Botanicals ingredients: Juniper, Lemon Peel, Grains of Paradise, Coriander, Cubeb Berries, Orris Root, Almonds, Cassia Bark, Liquorice, and Angelica. For Bombay Sapphire East, the brand’s Master of Botanicals sourced crisp Thai Lemongrass and fragrant Vietnamese Peppercorns. The Lemongrass serves to compliment the citrus of the lemon and lime, while the peppercorns cuts through the tonic’s bitterness, adding a warm spicy note.
Crafted with Bombay Sapphire’s signature vapor infusion process, the resulting spirit is refined yet exotically flavored, with a balanced taste.
Bombay Sapphire East & Tonic: The Perfect Combination
Bombay Sapphire East was specifically designed to pair perfectly with tonic for a truly exceptional G&T. Thanks to the inclusion of Thai Lemongrass and Vietnamese Peppercorns, this gin can stand up to and compliment the flavors in tonic water. But being the hands on types, we thought we would put Bombay Sapphire East to the test, while enjoying some G&Ts of our own.
Whether you love the classic G&T or are looking to add a twist to the original recipe that goes beyond simply adding a twist, we’ve got some great recipes for you.
Classic Bombay Sapphire East Gin & Tonic
- 1.5 parts Bombay Sapphire East Gin
- 3 parts premium tonic water (we used Fentimans Traditional Tonic Water)
- Lime wedge
- Lemon wedge
- Lemongrass sprig (optional)
Method: Fill a high ball glass with cubed ice.
Squeeze one lime wedge and add one lemon wedge
Pour Gin and tonic water over mixture
Add a sprig of lemongrass (or another fragrant herb) for garnish and serve
Strawberry and Black Pepper Gin and Tonic
- 1.5 part Bombay Sapphire East Gin
- 3 parts premium tonic water (we used Fever-Tree Tonic Water)
- chopped strawberries
Method: Place strawberries in the bottom of a jar style glass
Grind fresh black pepper over strawberries and muddle the mixture
Fill Glass with ice and pour in Gin and Tonic and stir
Add strawberry slice for garnish
Gin and Ginger Kombucha Tonic
- 1 part Bombay Sapphire East Gin
- 3 parts Ginger Kombucha (we used Tonica Kombucha)
- 1 part premium tonic water (we used Fever-Tree Tonic Water)
- Lime wedge
- lemon curl
- Frozen Blueberries
Method: Fill a rocks glass with cubed ice
Add frozen blueberries
Pour Gin, Kombucha and Tonic over and stir
Add a lemon curl and lime wedge for garnish
So today, grab some friends, a bottle of Bombay Sapphire East and some cocktail fixings and cheers to National Gin & Tonic day.
Price point and availability: • Ontario: LCBO, $31.95 • British Columbia: BC Liquor Stores, $28.49 • Alberta: Liquor Depot, $34.99 • Quebec: SAQ, $31.50 Product is available across Canada, pricing varies
Post sponsored by Bombay Sapphire
Cocktails and photos by Nadia Elkharadly