Bombay Sapphire® stirs creativity in this season’s ultimate cocktail

December 8, 2020

Hold the traditional G&T, this summer the ultimate cocktail refreshment is set to be the Sapphire Spritz. Bombay Sapphire®, the world’s number one gin by volume and value, revealed this fresh and sparkling drink featuring delicate floral notes, offset by a light liquorice flavour of fennel on Thursday afternoon during its SIP ‘N LEARN experience.


Bombay Sapphire®’s unique combination of botanicals and the vapour distillation process is renowned for delivering a perfectly balanced taste profile. This provides the perfect canvas for experimentation and that distinctive first splash of creativity in your glass.

This proved to be an opportune invitation for the release of personal self-expression during the day, with guests immersed in an art class experience led by Cindy Mullah from Art Jamming, while expert mixologist Hamilton Matshwele of Thirst Bar Services deftly illustrated the art of cocktail making in concocting the delicious Sapphire Spritz.

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Mixologist Hamilton Matshwele on how to make a delicious cocktail. Image supplied

“While many cocktails these days are a complicated process featuring tinctures and infusions, the beauty of the Sapphire Spritz is it is super-simple to make yourself. The secret is the smooth, tantalizing taste that premium gin Bombay Sapphire provides. This is the perfect creative canvas for just a few select ingredients led by the crisp delicate flavour of St Germain Elderflower Liqueur and the aromatic fennel infused syrup to surprise and excite your palate in a light and refreshing way,” said Matshwele.

Bombay Sapphire® Customer Marketing Manager Lerato Lenake explained that the afternoon was designed to ignite creativity.

“There is a spirit of creativity which stirs within every single bottle of Bombay Sapphire – and just like there is creative potential in every drop, we know that there is creative potential in everyone. The Sip ‘n Learn experience is a platform to inspire us to identify the potential that Bombay Sapphire® provides in creating cocktails, which allows us to discover the possibilities within – and in turn, awaken the creative potential which is lives within us all,” said Lenake.


The event reflects Bombay Sapphire®’s long-standing reputation for championing creativity in all forms.

Globally, the premium gin has fashioned partnerships with: 

  • Trailblazing artist Tracey Emin
  • The great British furniture designer Tom Dixon
  • Celebrated architect Thomas Heatherwick – who created the daring “the Vessel”, which is recognised for opening up a previously ignored part of New York and Cape Town design marvel Zeitz MOCAA.

In South Africa, Bombay Sapphire® has an equally extensive history of partnering with creatives including: 

  • Mixed-media artist African Ginger
  • Illustrator Russel Abrahams 
  • One of the country’s brightest fashion lights, Laduma Ngxokolo – who has gained international fame for illuminating the distinctive symbols and iconography of his Xhosa roots.

A lively panel discussion provided the impetus for guests to embark on stimulating their creativity. This featured: 

  • Award-winning musical artist Zakes Bantwini
  • Culinary king Chef Funi
  • Portraiture photographer John Baloyi
  • Makeup queen Cantara Farouk
  • Edgy content creators Tamara Moeng and Francesco Mbele 

Sapphire Spritz recipe


Large red wine glass 


Build/Stir with cubed ice


  • 25ml Bombay Sapphire®
  • 25ml St Germain® (Elderflower liqueur)
  • 100ml Fever-Tree Indian Tonic Water
  • 50ml Martini Prosecco®
  • 12.5ml Fennel-infused Syrup
  • 12.5ml lemon juice


2 Fresh cucumber rings, 2 fresh basil leaves, and lime wheels


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