I think when it comes to the true classic cocktails there is a pretty fair spread over the spirits and each has a role to play in todays bartending where everyone is looking to create something original and we all just end up making a variation on something that already exists, even if we didn’t plan to. So today I planned to do exactly that and instead of trying to create something new I instead worked with Bombay Sapphire to take classic vodka cocktails and mix them with gin to provide them the added benefits of the citrus and juniper notes of the gin.
I tried a lot of different classic variations, and of course they were all delicious, but the one that stood our above the rest was the classic Sea Breeze cocktail with a delicious mélange of cranberry, lime and pink grapefruit juices. Vodka in this drink is delicious as the flavor from the fresh juices blends really well. However, once I substituted in the Bombay Sapphire I noticed a slight change in the balance of the cocktail and an additional light pine aroma on the nose that really set it apart.
- 2 ounces Bombay Sapphire gin
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 1 ounce pink grapefruit juice
- 2 ounces cranberry juice
- Pour cranberry and grapefruit juice into your Collins glass over ice
- Shake gin and lime juice in a cocktail shaker with ice
- Shake to chill and combine
- Fine strain over other ingredients in Collins glass
- Garnish, Stir and Enjoy!