Once upon a time, Jeff was a bartender. He searched 'round and round for new drinks to offer his clientele. One weekend spent in the city of Ventura, which is yet another story all together, Jeff discovered a concoction that would baffle him with it's simplicity in design and wow him with it's complexity of taste. This drink was named, the Sapphire Jewel. As prepared it was a bit in your face with it's inventiveness, but Jeff knew he could tame it. He jotted down the ingredients listed on the drink menu and went back to his "lab" in Los Angeles.
Experimentation was short and the blissful results were an amazement and source of grand tips for our mixological hero. Only now can we release his simple yet elegant recipe. First let's list the ingredients:
1. Bombay Sapphire - all ye smarts one will decipher the oriGIN of the first word of the name here. 10 herbs and botanicals are used to make what I consider the best tasting and smoothest gin in existence. There isn't that strong juniper "punch" that most people associate with gin and it's finish doesn't leave you with that alcohol after-burn. This gin will be appreciated by the experienced and the novice alike. The experienced will savor each subtle nuance of flavor and the novice will appreciate that "for some reason" this is a pleasant gin drinking experience.
2. Chambord - ahhh that regal black raspberry liqueur from France. Chambord is a complex concoction in its own right. It is made with blackberries, raspberries, cognac, vanilla, citrus peel and honey. It is excellent on its own on the rocks and the temptation to overuse it in drinks is always there. Jeff knew this and deciphered that just the right amount of this liquid goodness would make the drink a "drink" and not a desert.
3. Lime - The labor of bartending requires a fresh SQUEEZE vs. the Rose's in the bottle. The introduction of the tartness of the lime and the fresh citrus flavor actually enhances the play of flavors from the other two ingedients.
Put it together and drink happily ever after!
This is in essence a martini and should be served as such. place ice into a mixing glass and add 6 parts of the Bombay Sapphire. Add 1 part ounce of Chambord and squeeze 1/4 slice of lime. Shake/stir and pour into the chilled martini glass. The perfect garnish would be a raspberry surrounded by a lime slice on a stirrer/swizzle stick.
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