Bombay Sapphire Speakeasy

This past Monday, May 16 at Guilt & Co. in Gastown, I was a guest of Bombay Sapphire for their “Sapphire Speakeasy”. Apparently, this event was inspired by the Prohibition Era. The ‘Sapphire Speakeasy’ showcased fresh tips on spring and summer entertaining, and featured fantastic cocktail and food pairings inspired by the mystique and classic flavors of the 1920s (I’m told it’s a hot trend right now).

Bombay Sapphire Speakeasy 2011

Bombay Sapphire Speakeasy 2011

I have been a guest of Bombay Sapphire for 3 years in a row, so by now I am practically best buddies with the crew and mixologists. Bombay Sapphire flew in from the UK their Master Mixologist, Merlin Griffiths. Merlin was joined by Chef Corbin Tomaszeki from Dinner Party Wars, and together conducted great (and quite entertaining and engaging) cocktail and cuisine preparation demos.

Bombay Sapphire Speakeasy 2011

Bombay Sapphire Speakeasy 2011

Bombay Sapphire Speakeasy 2011

Bombay Sapphire Speakeasy 2011

Bombay Sapphire Speakeasy 2011

It was a pleasure to see a number of my friends from the food and cocktail media scene, including Cassandra Anderton (Good Life Vancouver), Mijune Pak (Follow Me Foodie), Emme Rogers, Sherman (Sherman’s Food Adventures), Kevin (604Foodtography), Chin Chin and Raj Taneja (Urban Mixer), Dawn Chubai (Breakfast Television), Crystal and Karm (VanCityBuzz), Degan Walters (Foodists), May Globus (who writes for the WEVancouver) Rick Chung and Sophia Cheng, and many more whose names I might be blanking on.

Bombay Sapphire Speakeasy 2011

Merlin was, as usual, a total sport, as was Chef Tobin.

Bombay Sapphire Speakeasy 2011

Bombay Sapphire Speakeasy 2011For me, a large part of the event is always sampling the pairing of the Bombay Sapphire cocktail and the Bombay Sapphire-infused meal. My best pairing here was the Prohibition Turkey Bites with the Sapphire Sin. On their own, my absolute favorite is the Dorothy Parker. This cocktail is made with fresh pineapple juice, grenadine and Martini & Rossi Bianco (although this last ingredient can be substituted).

For this cocktail you could also substitute with martini extra dry and a teaspoon of sugar. I’m a martini boy, what can I say? The food pairing was Potato Rounds with Pea Puree and Shaed Fennel, which I found a little insipid. I like potatoes with sea salt are incredibly tasty, as on their own they’re sort of bland. But again, the Dorothy Parker can totally be served standalone.

Bombay Sapphire Speakeasy 2011

Bombay Sapphire Speakeasy 2011

Bombay Sapphire Speakeasy 2011

Bombay Sapphire Speakeasy 2011

Bombay Sapphire Speakeasy 2011

Bombay Sapphire Speakeasy 2011

Definitely a memorable event, and I can’t wait for next year’s! Of course, it helps that I went home with a little swag package that included obviously some Bombay Sapphire Gin. Now, if all other gin manufacturers were so kind as to invite me to their events!

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  3. #BombaySapphire Summer Soiree
  4. Bombay Sapphire Mixology Lessons in Vancouver with Merlin Griffiths and Murray Bancroft

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[...] was also extremely humbling to meet & see so many of the local social media out, such as Raul (Hummingbird604) Cassandra Anderton (Good Life Vancouver), Chin Chin and Raj Taneja (Urban Mixer), Dawn Chubai [...]

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