TORONTO, July 2, 2013 /CNW/ - It cannot be denied that, this summer,
it's all about the Roaring Twenties and the era of the Great Gatsby, when "gin was the national drink and sex was the national obsession"1. A time when spirits were high, jazz ruled the airwaves and Cocktail
Hour was king. BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® and Chef Cory Vitiello are helping
Canadians bring the Cocktail Hour of the 1920s into the 21st century by
sharing classic gin cocktails with a modern twist and cuisine pairings
that inspire summer entertaining worthy of Gatsby himself.
"Made popular in the Roaring Twenties, Cocktail Hour was a time to relax, catch up with friends and sip gin
martinis," explained Raj Nagra, global brand ambassador, BOMBAY
SAPPHIRE. "Today's Cocktail Hour can be inspired by a retrospective
look at these classic cocktail days, but can also be updated with a
modern twist better suited for the 21st century."
While Cocktail Hour of yore truly was a time for spirits, gin was
certainly the drink of choice. Classic gin cocktails, such as the gin
martini, gin and tonic and negroni were on every speakeasy menu and
made in homes across the country. Making simple additions or
adjustments to these classic cocktails is an easy way to give the
Cocktail Hour of today a modern day feel. For example, adding Prosecco
sparkling wine, juniper berries, coriander seeds and the zest of lemon
and lime to a tradition gin and tonic is a quick and easy way to bring
a classic favourite of yesterday into today.
"Putting a twist on a traditional cocktail recipe is easy when using a
versatile and mixable spirit," continued Nagra. "BOMBAY SAPPHIRE's
uniquely refined and delicately balanced flavour profile created by its
10 botanicals and Vapour Infusion distillation process makes it the
ultimate spirit to marry with a variety of ingredients."
Botanicals such as almonds and lemon peel from Spain not only inspire
great Cocktail Hour cocktails, but cuisine pairings as well. Taking
inspiration from the Gin's flavours and the Cocktail Hours of the Roaring Twenties, Chef Cory Vitiello developed hors d'oeuvres recipes that pair perfectly
with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE cocktails. Vitiello's Caramelized Fennel, Olives, Toasted Almond and Orange
Gougeres is an updated take on the popular Cocktail Hour offering and
was inspired by the Spanish almonds that are infused in BOMBAY SAPPHIRE
and provide nuttiness and strength to the overall spirit.
"Pairing cocktails and cuisine can make both taste better," said
Vitiello. "When hosting a modern-day Cocktail Hour, try serving dishes
and drinks that have one or two similar ingredients or tastes that
compliment or help bring out each other's flavours."
When hosting your own modern day Cocktail Hour this summer, Vitiello
also recommends building a play list full of today's most popular jazz
musicians to help set the mood, displaying a drink menu to help cold,
hard ice on hand to keep drinks cool.
For full recipes and images of Raj & Cory's five following cocktail and
cuisine pairing, please click here.
The Modern Martini paired with Caramelized Fennel, Olive, Toasted Almond and Orange Gourgeres
The Modern Day Negroni paired with Grilled Lamb Lollipops with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin & Coriander Sauce
Reimagined BOMBAY SAPPHIRE & Tonic paired with Juniper Crusted Rib Steak on Horseradish Buttered Brioche with Pickled
Cucumber Collins paired with Cured Ocean Trout with Gin Mill Cucumber
The Current Clover Club paired with Smoked Whitefish and Chevre Devilled
Eggs with Coriander Sabayon
About BOMBAY SAPPHIRE - bombaysapphire.com
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE is the world's fastest growing premium gin and number
one premium gin in Canada by value and volume. Based on a secret 1761
recipe, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin is created by perfectly balancing a unique
combination of 10 hand-selected exotic botanicals from around the
world. The natural flavours of the botanicals are captured through a
delicate distillation process called Vapour Infusion which results in
the tantalising, smooth and complex taste that is BOMBAY SAPPHIRE.
Enjoy BOMBAY SAPPHIRE responsibly. BOMBAY SAPPHIRE, the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE bottle design and device are trademarks and/or registered trademarks.
1 The New York Times
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