It’s International Gin and Tonic Day (October 19th), and in honour of this annual toast to the nation’s favourite tipple, a handful of the UK’s most innovative mixologists have worked up their own bespoke twist on the classic G&T. Bars taking part have sourced local ingredients and created show-stopping theatrics to complement BOMBAY SAPPHIRE®‘s complex flavours, built up of 10 botanicals sourced from across the world.

Sager and Wilde, London
Experience the Nettle Beer Collins, a refined yet tantalising twist using home brewed Nettle Beer and a naturally sourced tonic. The cocktail aims to explore the reviving and health benefits of tonic in the 1920s.

Three Sheets, London
This East London café come bar has taken inspiration from two wish-making acts: the Moroccan ritual of crushing Coriander Seeds and throwing it, as well as the Western idea of throwing a coin in a river.  The Wishing Well cocktail uses soda water in place of tonic to create a lighter flavour, and is built around coriander-infused BOMBAY SAPPHIRE. The drink is served with a sterilised pound coin alongside to be tossed into the drink, which will then be donated to the Well Foundation.

The Finnieston, Glasgow
Glasgow’s premier gin bar presents the Green Goblin. Using local Scottish ingredients the bar team has hand-crafted a refreshing new soda in place of tonic, infused with flavours that are specifically designed to match with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE’s ten botanicals to create a refreshing, balanced flavour. The soda features sweet cecily seed, sorrel leaf, granny smith apple, wood avens root and lime zest offering a balance of sweet, sour, spice and bitter flavours.

 Panda & Sons, Edinburgh
At this barbershop style speakeasy, guests can enjoy the Cassiblanca, a multi-sensory showstopper inspired by the botanical, Cassia Bark. The cocktail, built up of Bombay Sapphire, coconut rum, Martini Bianco vermouth, cassia bark sugar syrup and tonic water is served in a noodle bowl and can be enjoyed in the bar’s specially-created Vietnamese-style ‘jungle’ room designed by a local botanist, to help customers to explore textures, smells and sights not usual to a bar environment.

If you’re unable to make it down to one of the bars you can create your own variation on the classic G&T at home with this recipe for BOMBAY SAPPHIRE’s Pear and Ginger.
15ml pear juice
¼ fresh lime squeeze
100ml tonic water
Garnish with ginger slice, lime wedge and sage leaf
  • Fill a balloon glass with cubed ice in order to cool it, and keep the liquid as cold as possible
  • Build the drink over the ice, start by adding BOMBAY SAPPHIRE, followed by the pear juice and squeeze fresh lime, stir with a cocktail stirrer
  • Add tonic gently in to glass
  • Garnish with a slice of ginger, lime wedge and sage leaf
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE is the world’s number one premium gin by value. Based on a 1761 recipe, Bombay Sapphire gin is created by perfectly balancing a unique combination of 10 hand-selected exotic botanicals from around the world. Our distillery at Laverstoke Mill has won a BREEAM award for sustainability and is the home of Bombay Sapphire’s unique Vapour Infusion process, where the natural flavours of the botanicals are skillfully captured, resulting in the fresh and vibrant taste with which Bombay Sapphire is synonymous. 
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE has recently been awarded the prestigious Double Gold and Gold medal at the 17th San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC).
The BOMBAY SAPPHIRE brand is part of the portfolio of Bacardi Limited, headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited.