Don’t you just love this time of year—when clothes wearing is at a minimum and afternoon drinking in the sun is at a maximum?!
So with this in mind, our mates at Bombay Sapphire have put together a list of epic drink concoctions that are as thirst quenching as they are visually pleasing. Trust us, they know a thing or two about making the best quality drinks (every single bottle is made from botanicals sustainably sourced all over the world—think liquorice from China, lemons from Spain, coriander from Morocco, cubeb berries from Java...yes, seriously.)
Round up your closest pals, post a #humblebrag pic on Insta and really show the world that you’re living your best life this summer!
#1 The African Sunset
After a dip in the ocean at Manly, head across to uber cool Hemingway’s for this beverage extraordinaire. A hearty mix of fresh lemon juice, bitters, gin, almonds, egg white and Lillet Blanc, this cocktail is finished off with a dried lemon doused in OP rum and your very own cinnamon pot so you can get that desired kick.
#2 Tyrolean Gem
Get your camera at the ready because this beauty is nearly too good to drink. A fruity mash of citrus flavours, this cocktail combines orange liqueur and lemon with gin, and is then topped off with a pink grapefruit and rosemary foam. Just to add to perfection, the guys at NOLA then garnish with juniper berries and a rosemary sprig.
Don’t be fooled by this drink because while it may look lemon-y in flavour, the team behnd Mjølner add a sweet little burst thanks with Averna and honey. First seen at Bombay's Project Botanicals event, the cocktail is mixed in with cucumber to take the edge off, the flavours are subtle enough to get the tick of approval from all palates.
#4 La Rosa
If this cocktail doesn’t shout ‘summer’ then we don’t know what will! The guys from Assembly Bar were inspired by the wanderers of the Spanish Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, who constantly stop to smell the roses along the 770km journey. This delightfully pink drink mixes gin with shiraz and grapefruit juice, with some mint giving it a bitter twist at the end.
#5 Spicy Nice
Eau De Vie
The Spicy Nice from Eau De Vie is without a doubt an art form. Listen up and prepare to be wondered by this Moroccan-inspired beauty. An aromatic combination of cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, cardamom, mace, black pepper and star anise flavours are placed in an air tight container with OP rum for 3 days at room temperature and then mixed in with gin to create a truly spicy mouth sensation. Blanched almonds are then added to the mix, with the end product sweetened with honey and served in an authentic Moroccan tea glass with a side of sesame brittle. Moral of the story; you NEED to try this at least once in your life!
#6 No Filter
What we love most about this bad boy from PS40? That gin, vermouth and tea is filtered through an apricot skin filter and then topped off with a big AF ice cube and eucalyptus leaf. It’s a little bit fancy!
#7 Jasmine Bloom
The flavour combo of this drink really highlights how damn creative the guys at Bistro Moncur are! Taking inspiration from the sunlit arvos of the northern beaches with the inclusion of lemon verbena, an eastern twist is then added through the flavours of jasmine, mandarin and liquorice root. Honestly, this has to be tasted (if you missed it at Bombay's Project Botanicals event, now's your chance)!
The Barber Shop
Two words: edible flowers! The Iris from The Barber Shop is vibrant, floral and oh so fresh. Sangiovese red wine is mixed with gin and lemon juice and then just when you think things can’t get any better, home-made poached pear vermouth tops things off beautifully. It’ll be a challenge only ordering one!
So take your Sunday sesh up a notch with one of these Bombay-inspired beverages, because let’s be honest, it’s 2017 and a vodka, lime, soda just does not cut it anymore!
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