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Sapphire Jewel

A cocktail made with Bombay Sapphire.

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A bartender's fairly tale of gin and sapphire and jewel.

  • Aug 7, 2009
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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.

Please enjoy responsibly.

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August 08, 2009
Thank you for answering my quest with a most wonderful recipeview....yeah, I made it up! This sounds so good, I'm going to have to give it a try!
August 08, 2009
You know how we do it Samtastic! :D REcipeVIEW...nice one!!
August 08, 2009
I've never heard of this cocktail before!  I'm not much of a gin girl, but with the addition of Chambord, this just might be added to my Favorite Cocktails list! :D
August 08, 2009
I used to make this drink for people who didn't like gin. Bombay Sapphire is amazingly smooth and it's the smack of juniper that most people don't like which is more subtle here and balanced with other nuances. It all blends nicely with the Chambord as well so you might just be surprised! Also, you won't likely find this cocktail to be widely recognized. I found the original version as a "special" at a restaurant in Ventura, CA.
August 09, 2009
Hmmm, I've always been more of a vodka girl and was never really a huge fan of gin, but never figured out why.  I'm sure with the Chambord though, I wouldn't really notice.  You know what's funny?  I actually shared this review on my Facebook page and one of my friends replied, "Bombay Sapphire is for people who want their gin to be smooth like vodka.  BAH HUMBUG", well, I guess we'll just have to find out! :)
August 10, 2009
Facebook?? How are we not FB friends? Wait, we aren't even Lunch friends, but then again I'm not even sure what that means. Is there functional difference between following someone and friending them? I *still* think that most people who don't like Gin have had less than stellar varieties. Also, sometimes they expect it have the same qualities as vodka since they are used to that and the two look so "clearly" the same.
August 10, 2009
I found you on FB :P  There's a functional difference between following and friending, in that when you follow someone, you can click on your page of people who you are following and see if they've written new reviews.  You can even get email updates on their activities if you wanted, something that you can't do with friending, which is why I prefer following people.  And I think this issue can only be resolved with a vodka and gin taste testing :P  Seriously!
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Quick Tip by . February 08, 2010
Tried this on the advice of @dalydose. It's dangerously tasty! ;)
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A Sapphire Jewel is a gin martini drink made with Bombay Sapphire.
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