It is easy to assume that a product came from a particular place based on its name. So, we know what you are thinking, and we can confidently say that you are wrong; Bombay Gin isn’t manufactured in India. It’s in fact, a product of England.
Bombay Gin has come a long way from its humble beginnings some 200 years ago. The company that has been producing this for years has come up with another variety that goes by the name Bombay Sapphire Gin, now touted as the most popular gin in the world.
Bombay Gins – a Little Background
Bombay started out in the late 80’s – 1986 to be exact. It is said to be the great-grandchild of the gin distillery in Warrington, England which was founded in 1760 by Thomas Dakin. The name Bombay came from gin’s popularity in India during the rule of British Crown from 1858 to 1947 on the Indian Subcontinent.
Dakin, then, 24 years old, did not actually start distilling his now-famous Warrington Dry Gin right away due to the fact that the harvest was very poor that year. It was actually a year later when he was able to push through distilling it and the long wait was so worth it. This was because it gave him more time to perfect the recipe which has become so successful.
The distillery was in a perfect location – having easy access to the Mersey River and the canal network. This enabled Dakin to maximize being at the center of trade routes during the Industrial Revolution.
Because of this advantage, Dakin became successful and was recognized as one of the new age gin distillers to first create gins of superior quality than their predecessors. The industrial revolution during that time provided them better technology and equipment to perfect the distillation process.
After almost 200 years, his recipe has been chosen as the Bombay Gin we know today. Further, two botanicals were added to the recipe after 27 years that paved the way to the formulation of the Bombay Sapphire.
Despite the fact that ownership change and many technological improvements had happened through the years, the distillery continued to use the original recipe that Dakin has created. However, between those times, the company has continued to develop a new gin brand which has become one of the most popular gins in the world.
The manufacturer is Bombay Spirits Co., Ltd. and is being distributed by the company Bacardi Limited.
Bombay Gin is a London dry gin which means that it has to have all the ingredients without affecting its flavor and should not have any color. Because of these properties, Bombay Gin is very ideal when it comes to mixing it with cocktail drinks.
The flavoring of Bombay Gin was derived from these ingredients, namely:
- Grains of paradise
- Juniper berries
- Lemon peel
- Orris root
In creating Bombay Sapphire, on the other hand, two other ingredients are added in the mix. These are lemongrass and black peppercorns.
Newbies would be hesitant to start to try any liquor as their baptism of fire for fear of any offensive, strong taste. However, Bombay Gin can be a perfect way to introduce them to the world of gin.
How Much Does Bombay Gin Cost?
Despite the high quality as evidenced by its aroma and mixable characteristics, Bombay Gin prices are reasonable that it can be one of the main stars at a bar or your cellar. To know its price ranges, along with its other varieties, please find below:
19 to $22
Bombay Sapphire Gin
$17 to $26
Bombay Sapphire East
$22 to $26
Star of Bombay
Not available in the USA
The distilling process starts by evaporating the alcohol three times in a carthead still. To gain the perfect aroma and flavor, the alcohol vapors will be passed through a mesh that has the ten botanicals mentioned above.
To make it lighter and give it more floral flavor compared to gins distilled in copper stills, the alcohol vapors are felt.
Two versions in terms of Alcohol By Volume (ABV) are being produced. The 47% is made available for duty-free shops which are 94 proof.
On the other hand, water taken from the Lake Vyrnwy is added to achieve the desired strength down to 40% (94 proof) for the European, Australian, and Canadian markets.
Gins are very versatile as you can drink them any way you want and Bombay Gin is no different. While purists would want to drink it neat, most enthusiasts prefer them in combination with other liquours or mix them into different cocktail drinks.
Some of the cocktail recipes with Bombay Gin are as follows:
- Star Collins
50 ml Star of Bombay
25 ml lemon juice
15 ml sugar syrup
50 ml soda water
- 1.Mix the first three ingredients and stir to dissolve.
- 2.Add ice and shake until frosted.
- 3.Add the ice cubes.
- 4.Strain the mixture into a glass.
- 5.Add the orange wheel and mint sprig as garnish.
- Sapphire Alpine
1 oz. Bombay Sapphire
1 oz. Blue Curacao liquor
1 oz. peach schnapps
- 1.Mix the first three ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake well.
- 2.Strain into a chilled martini glass.
- 3.Garnish with orange slice.
- Gentleman’s Delight
1.5 parts Bombay Sapphire East Gin
0.75 parts Martini® Bianco Vermouth
1.5 parts Tonic Water
1 part lemon juice
0.5 part Simple syrup
- 1.Mix all the ingredients in a glass with ice.
- 2.Stir thoroughly.
- 3.Lay cucumber wedge on top.
- 4.Drench with Aungostura bitters.