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Sapphire celebrates the 250th anniversary of its recipe this year, and to mark the occasion, they’ve teamed up with the Savoy Grill to sponsor the Chef’s Table complete with crystal and sapphire decanter worth over £1,250. To experience a place at the table it’ll cost you £85 per person for lunch and £115 per person for dinner (excluding alcohol and service charge). We’d suggest you start saving now!

LondOntheinside went along to the Bombay Sapphire Blue Room at Vinopolis to sample some special cocktails, some old favourites, and some creations of our own. A personal favouite is the classic martini, four parts cold gin to one part vermouth. A cocktail for the James Bond’s about town, it can be garnished with a twist of lemon peel, a cocktail onion or a classic olive. We were also treated to a Tom Collins – 50ml gin, 50ml soda, 25ml lemon juice and a dash of sugar syrup which was sweet and bubbly, great on a summer’s afternoon.

Next up was an Aviation – 50ml gin, 20ml lemon juice, 20ml cherry liquer, garnished with a cherry and sprayed with violets to give it a light floral fragrance. Definitely one for the ladies, the bitterness of the lemon balanced with the sweetness of the cherries to create a fruity taste. The final cocktail of our demonstration was a classic bramble, a combination of gin, blackberry liqueur, lemon juice and sugar syrup. Londontheinside even made our very own signature cocktails, here’s our exclusive recipes…..

LondOn Dry Inside
50ml Bombay Sapphire gin
50ml soda
Chopped cucumber
Fresh crushed mint
Elderberry cordial

LondOn The Gin-side
50ml Bombay Sapphire gin
25ml soda
25ml strawberry liqueur
Vanilla essence
fresh strawberries

Serve both drinks over crushed ice with a wedge of lemon. Try the first recipe on a spring afternoon, it’s refreshing, crisp and very drinkable. The second cocktail is much sweeter and tastes like an alcoholic sweetshop. Just remember “shaken and not stirred” it’s all in the hand action baby!