Star of Bombay Constellation Cocktail

While many people default to vodka as their go-to clear alcohol of choice, I do not. I am all about the Gin. I am a big Gin drinker, as such I am always on the lookout for new Gins to try. Now while Bombay Sapphire is not at all new – in fact, it is a staple in my home bar, Star of Bombay just dropped in the Canadian market.

Star of Bombay is a higher-strength, super-premium variant of Bombay Sapphire. The classic notes of juniper, angelica and coriander have been intensified, with the addition of bergamot and ambrette seeds offering extra exoticness. A rich and intense gin. I love the more intense flavour. It is great in a classic Gin and Tonic or Gin and Soda. But it also makes for richer cocktails. One of my new favourites is the Constellation.

Recipe:

  • 1 part Star of Bombay
  • 0.5 parts Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 0.5 parts Tea Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 2 parts Prosecco
  • Lavender Garnish

Instructions:

  1. Shake the gin, lemon juice, tea syrup and St. Germain with ice and fine-strain (syrup can be prepared in advance and must be served chilled).
  2. Taking a chilled champagne flute, pour in the gin mix.
  3. Add the prosecco over a bar spoon or by tilting the glass.
  4. Garnish with lavender.
  5. Enjoy
  6. Repeat.

 

How to Make Tea Syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teabags or 4 tablespoons loose leaf tea
Instructions:
  1. Heat water in a saucepan on the stove. The temperature the water should reach will be determined by what type of tea you use here.
  2. Remove from heat and add in your tea bags or loose leaf to infuse for about 5 minutes.
  3. Once the tea has fully steeped, remove the tea bags or strain the loose leaves and return saucepan to stove to bring to a slow boil.
  4. Stir the sugar into the tea until is has completely dissolved.
  5. Remove from heat. Let stand at room temperature until cool, about 1 hour, before refrigerating.
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Christian has been a cultural and style junkie since the age of 6; while most kids were swiping cookies, he was swiping his grandfathers' Patek Philippe. Raised to appreciate art, fashion,design and  literature (yeah, this one actually reads) by a single mother fondly called Jackie-O. Christian quickly went from childhood cultural capital thief to academia protégé. Referred to as the cat's meow by some, too clever by half by others, Christian eschewed the academic life and ran away to join the circus -the fashion circus. Several well-appointed positions later and a career on the rise would be most people's dream but it was time to say fuck off and start all over again.

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