Sapphire Summer Cup
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Sapphire Summer Cup
Cocktail recipe

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This recipe first appeared in the London Duty Free special edition Bombay Sapphire Gin, to celebrate the London 2012 Olympics. Each bottle was presented with a small pamphlet which showed ... more This recipe first appeared in the London Duty Free special edition Bombay Sapphire Gin, to celebrate the London 2012 Olympics. Each bottle was presented with a small pamphlet which showed a map of London (and famous sites) along with this summer recipe.
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Gin
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Lemon, mint, strawberry, cucumber
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15.94% | 2.28 units *

Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Sapphire Summer Cup triumphantly captures the essence of British summer with its thoughtful blend of garden-fresh botanicals and zesty citrus. The interplay of Gin and Red Vermouth grounds the cocktail, while the Triple Sec subtly elevates the fruity notes of strawberry and orange, creating an invigorating refreshment that perfectly captures the spirit of a festive summer gathering.

Method
How to make a Sapphire Summer Cup

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add the fruit to a glass along with the alcoholic ingredients, and sit for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavour to infuse
Serve over a generous serving of ice and spritz with ginger ale before stirring
Garnish with more strawberries, mint, cucumber and lemon, and serve
~ The ginger ale can be switched out for lemonade - which will result in a sweeter end flavour. This recipe also works really well as a pitcher - simply keep the proportions of the ingredients the same (one part gin, one part sweet vermouth, half a part triple sec, two parts ginger ale) - and up the fruit as required. ~

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FAQ's

GARNISHING_TIPS

How do I properly garnish a Sapphire Summer Cup?

For a Sapphire Summer Cup, consider using fresh garnishes that complement its fresh and fruity profile. A sprig of mint, a slice of cucumber, or a wheel of lemon or lime can add both visual appeal and a burst of flavor. A strawberry slit halfway and placed on the rim of the glass can also enhance the visual appeal and tie in the strawberry notes from the drink.

FAQ

What makes the Sapphire Summer Cup a good summer cocktail?

The Sapphire Summer Cup is an excellent summer cocktail due to its refreshing blend of ingredients. The mix of gin with citrus fruits like lemon, lime, and orange provides a refreshing and zesty base, while the cucumber and mint add a cool, revitalizing edge. The addition of ginger ale introduces a slightly spicy, bubbly aspect that makes it incredibly refreshing on a hot day.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

Can I substitute any ingredients in the Sapphire Summer Cup without changing the flavor profile too much?

While substitutions can slightly change the taste, you can experiment while staying true to the cocktail's spirit. If you don't have triple sec, using another orange liqueur like Cointreau or Grand Marnier can work. If red vermouth isn't available, a dry white vermouth could be used for a slightly different, but still delicious outcome. Similarly, if strawberries are out of season, raspberries can provide a similar color and tartness.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What type of gin is best for a Sapphire Summer Cup?

A Sapphire Summer Cup benefits from a gin that's not too overpowering in order to allow the freshness of the other ingredients to shine through. A classic London Dry Gin, known for its clear, crisp botanicals, works well. However, for a more floral or aromatic touch, considering a modern craft gin with citrus or floral notes can add an interesting twist to the cocktail.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is the Sapphire Summer Cup suitable for non-alcoholic versions, and how would I make that?

Yes, you can create a non-alcoholic version of the Sapphire Summer Cup that retains much of the flavor profile. Substitute the gin with a non-alcoholic spirit that has botanical notes. Instead of red vermouth, you can use a non-alcoholic aperitif or a mix of grape juice and a bit of apple cider vinegar for the vermouth's herbal and slightly sweet profile. Keep the rest of the ingredients the same, and ensure to include the ginger ale for that sparkling component.

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