Bombay Sapphire gin is easy to recognize, with its iconic sapphire blue bottle. It’s among the most popular, best-selling gins, and it’s wonderful to enjoy on its own or mixed into a cocktail, but it’s especially delightful in a martini.
There’s always the classic Sapphire martini with dry vermouth, but martinis have taken on a new personality in recent years, with an incredible range of flavors being poured into chilled martini glasses. To help you along in your Bombay Sapphire adventures, we’ve collected eight of the absolute best tasting Sapphire martinis we could find.
What Is Bombay Sapphire Gin?
Before we get out the cocktail shaker and start mixing up a few Sapphire martinis, let’s take a minute to talk about Bombay Sapphire gin.
Bombay Sapphire is considered a premium spirit and is one of the most popular gins in the cocktail world. It’s a well-known, dry gin that’s created with ten different botanicals, all of which are reportedly hand-picked. Gin drinkers love Bombay Sapphire because it offers many layers of botanical notes to enjoy without being overpowering or punching you in your palette with the flavor of juniper.
Sapphire gin is unique in that it uses a method of vapor infusion in its distillation process. This offers a different level of flavor from the botanicals, which is why the flavor is so unique. Of the botanical used in Sapphire gin, you’ll notice hints of Italian juniper berry, Chinese licorice, orris root, cassia bark, angelica, Moroccan coriander, cubeb berries, grains of paradise, Spanish almond, and lemon peel.
So, now that we have a little backstory on Sapphire gin, it’s time to do a little taste testing from our martini glass.
Yes, you could indeed substitute just any gin for Bombay Sapphire in a Martini, but why would you? The combination of botanical hues is unmistakable, and it adds something other gins just don’t have. You can use Bombay Sapphire in any gin martini recipe, but here are eight of the best tasting Sapphire-specific martinis that we’ve found.
1. Bombay Sapphire Martini Cocktail
This is your classic Sapphire martini, made with gin, dry vermouth (you can also use extra dry vermouth), and a twist of lemon (you can also garnish with green olives if you prefer). You can enjoy this martini shaken or stirred – either way, it’s delicious from the moment the chilled liquid hits your lips.
2. Butterfly Martini
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There’s something about the name “Butterfly Martini” that just sounds beautiful and full of the wonders of spring. Food Network chef Ree Drummond created this martini, and it features a blend of flavors that are delicate and bright at the same time.
The Butterfly Martini features Bombay gin, elderflower liqueur, creme de violette liqueur, hibiscus rose syrup and simple syrup. The garnish of an edible flower is a beautiful touch, but it is optional for this floral-infused martini.
3. Bombay Sapphire Christmas Martinis
This might be called a Christmas martini, but there’s no reason that we can see why it shouldn’t be enjoyed the whole year through. As the recipe says, you can use any gin in this drink, but there’s something about the botanicals of Sapphire that compliment the other ingredients.
To make this martini cocktail, add a dash of vanilla syrup to your martini glass, followed by ice and a generous helping of frozen cranberries. Add in some well-chilled gin, and garnish with orange zest and a cinnamon stick. If you don’t like an icy drink, just combine the vanilla syrup, gin, and ice in a cocktail shaker and then pour over frozen cranberries.
4. Low Carb Blue Martini
You can follow a low-carb diet and enjoy your Sapphire too! This martini recipe takes it easy on net carbs so you can sip until your heart’s content. Combine Sapphire gin, your favorite vodka, and blue curacao. Add to a shaker that’s filled with ice, give it a shake, and then strain into a nicely chilled glass. Garnish with a slice of orange for a visually stunning drink.
According to the nutrition information for this cocktail, each drink contains 5g of sugar and 6g of net carbs.
5. Jalapeno Cucumber Martini
Are you looking for a new way to enjoy your favorite Sapphire gin? This martini cocktail with surprising undertones of jalapeno combined with cool cucumber is a martini masterpiece that you have to taste to believe.
Combine Sapphire gin, your favorite dry vermouth, lime juice, mint leaves, jalapeno, cucumber, and a nice splash of club soda. You muddle together everything except the club soda, then add ice, shake, and strain into a well-chilled martini glass. This is definitely one of those recipes you’ll want to keep in your summertime cocktail collection.
6. Vesper Martini
The Vesper Martini with Sapphire gin is elegant in a chilled martini glass. It’s a simple cocktail that perfectly blends Bombay gin, vodka (this recipe calls for Grey Goose), and a spirit called Cocchi Americano. If you’re unfamiliar with it, Cocchi Americano is an aromatized wine that’s mildly sweeter than dry vermouth with a slightly bitter undertone. Garnish this martini with a twist of lemon and enjoy.
7. Bombay Sapphire Twice Twisted Martini
Do you enjoy your martinis with a twist of citrus? Our money says that you’re going to love this Sapphire Twice Twisted Martini. It all starts out like your standard martini cocktails, with Bombay gin and dry, white vermouth. What makes this martini stand out is a few dashes of orange bitters. Instead of a lemon twist, try garnishing this martini with a twist (or two) of orange instead.
8. The Connaught – Apricot & Blue
This Sapphire martini is absolutely enchanting and one that’s perfect for any special occasion. The combination of Sapphire gin with elderflower liqueur and drops of almond oil is sublime. It also calls for vermouth that has been infused with apricot. This isn’t easy to find, but this is a problem that we can easily overcome.
You can always infuse vermouth with apricot on your own, but a simpler solution is to add a drop of apricot extract or mix it with a dash of apricot brandy, apricot schnapps, or other apricot flavored liqueur. Garnish with a cherry and mandarin twist for a sweet and exotic martini cocktail.
Enjoy Your Next Martini with Bombay Sapphire Gin
Whether you enjoy a traditional martini that’s garnished with a lemon twist or green olives, or if you prefer a martini cocktail with a bit of a different personality, Sapphire gin is always the perfect partner. Make sure your glass is always filled, and pour yourself one of these exquisite tasting Bombay martini recipes.