‘Artistry of the Ultimate Gin & Tonic’ with Bombay Sapphire

Gin & Tonic is my new favourite aperitif, refreshing and perfect for a summer evening. So I was excited to join a group visit to the Bombay Sapphire Distillery in rural Hampshire. After a long coach journey getting lost in the countryside we arrived at the impressive historic Laverstoke Mill.

It was a unusually sunny day and the distillery shone magnificently. After a quick G&T we were off on a tour round the site, stopping by the exceptional Thomas Heatherwick greenhouses which are home to many of the botanicals used in the gin making process.

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Then, it was time for the big reveal. With great anticipation we stepped inside a dark room which dramatically displayed six cocktails, gin and tonic reinventions from select bartenders from London’s top cocktail bars. The project, named the ‘Artistry of the Ultimate Gin & Tonic’, is a programme of discovery that celebrates the artistry behind the Ultimate Gin & Tonic serve.

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The drinks were beautiful, each uniquely presented telling a different story. The mixologists, hailing from Chiltern Firehouse, Cocktail Trading Company, Gilbert Scott, Heddon Street Kitchen, Peg and Patriot and Sager & Wilde have worked tirelessly for weeks to create a delicious gin drink to be sold in their bars showcasing the important features of the Bombay Sapphire spirit. Inspired by the ten exotic botanicals found in every drop of the carefully crafted liquid and the unique vapour infusion process that allows for gentle absorption of these aromas, each avant-garde creation celebrates Bombay Sapphire’s artistry credentials and explores the future of this most-loved drink. Ensuring core elements of the recipe were maintained, each mixology artist created an expression that plays with the classic compounds of the gin & tonic using their trademark, innovative style.

Artistry of Gin and Tonic

Dean Shurry (Chiltern Firehouse) ‘Gateway to Bombay’

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Andy Mill (Cocktail Trading Company) ‘Birth, Life and Death’

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Dav Eames (Gilbert Scott) ‘G & Ice-T’

Artistry of Gin and Tonic

George Simmons (Heddon Street Kitchen) ‘Nature’s Yield’

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Constanca Corderiro (Peg & Patriot) ‘Ariana’s Garden’

Artistry of Gin and Tonic

Marcis Dzelzainis (Sager & Wilde) ‘Nettle Beer Collins’

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We tried each of the cocktails, learning about the techniques each mixologist had used, before heading back to the coach to sleep it off on the long journey home.

More information on Bombay Sapphire Distillery here. You can try the six special gin & tonic cocktails in the participating bars now until the end of the year.

Artistry in Alchemy, SushiSamba

This month the the world’s number one premium gin, Bombay Sapphire, launches the Artistry in Alchemy cocktail menu at the SUSHISAMBA London’s Tree Terrace. Designed to celebrate the artful creation of Bombay Sapphire and its vapour infused 10 botanicals, guests can discover a new menu of imaginative, alchemistic drinks.

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Created by SUSHISAMBA’s renowned Head of Spirit and Cocktail Development Richard Woods, the cocktail list features an alternative selection of avant-garde serves. Taking inspiration from the worldly botanicals found in every drop of Bombay Sapphire, the menu brings together unusual ingredients from around the world, including Matcha green tea, yuzu juice, kaffir lime leaf and coffee infused aromatised wine. Whilst enjoying the drinks order some of the sushi platter for a extra extravagant evening.


Each cocktail provides a truly memorable drinking experience for discerning cocktail lovers. And, the unique setting at the Tree Terrace is the perfect location for gin enthusiasts to experience the Artistry in Alchemy this summer whilst admiring the city from above.

Runs until Tuesday 30 August, more information here.

Bombay Sapphire Rooftop Retreat, Harvey Nichols

I used to envy those sophisticated fellow travellers who would breezily order a g&t while I always stuck to white wine or a Diet Coke! Despite trying the drink regularly I found the taste too bitter, until my friend carefully made me a gin drink with a twist of lime that I couldn’t resist. Ever since that night I’ve known that the exact proportions of a gin and tonic are crucial if you want to make a drink that is tasty and refreshing.

And so when a Bombay Sapphire invite pinged into my inbox, I responded instantly with a resounding YES. Eight of us met on a chilly terrace of the London landmark, Harvey Nichols, for an evening of cocktail making with Bombay Sapphire Brand Ambassador Renaud de Bosredon, a charming man who has almost definitely been sipping the perfect g&t since childhood.

Around a table we were taught the basics: one part gin, two part tonic and as much ice as you can fit in the glass. Then we had the chance to try the method for ourselves. It was delicious, especially with a squeeze of lime, but I wondered if the great taste was just thanks to the premium brand of Bombay Sapphire and its vapour infused 10 exotic botanicals, rather than my limited cocktail making talents! Renaud encouraged us to be creative with our drinks and we were sent off into the wonder emporium that is the Harvey Nichols Food Hall, with a £20 voucher each to spend on imaginative ingredients. There were plenty of magical products, but I decided on rhubarb bitters to add a fruity flavour and pink candy floss for decoration. It was a strange but tasty combination, and great fun to learn about how to combine flavours into a classic g&t.

Open from 13th April – 11th July, The Bombay Sapphire Rooftop Retreat offers an oasis in the middle of London for guests to experience the exquisite taste of Bombay Sapphire and discover their perfect gin & tonic. With a menu featuring a range of unusual ingredients inspired by the artful creation of Bombay Sapphire and its vapour infused 10 exotic botanicals, guests can create their own bespoke gin & tonic to suit their taste.

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the start of Spring.

More information on the Rooftop Retreat and Bombay Sapphire gi masterclasses here.