A few weeks ago, during a warm spell and a flash of inspiration, as well as a flashback to my childhood in Bangkok, I was inspired to make lemongrass soda.
This weekend, with my 46th birthday party looming, I made some more of the lemongrass simple syrup to serve, but instead of just splashing it into soda over ice, I decided to shake things up a little and experiment with adding the lemongrass syrup to gin, shaking it in a cocktail shaker and serving it in a martini glass garnished with a kaffir lime leaf. YUMMY!
Why had I not thought of this before? Since Thailand (formerly known as Siam) is known for rubies and sapphires, and Bombay makes a Sapphire Gin, I decided to call my invention the Siam Sapphire Martini. It’s oh-so-refreshing on a warm summer day. Oh Jeeves? Pour me another Siam Sapphire. Now I can just imagine myself in a black silk tux, sipping this wonderful drink in the famous Bamboo Bar at the Oriental Hotel overlooking the Chao Phraya river.
Siam Sapphire Martini
- 3 ounces (30 ml.) Bombay Sapphire Gin
- 1 ounce (10 ml.) lemongrass simple syrup (click here for link to recipe from previous blog post). Note, if you like your martini on the dry side (not sweet) cut this to half an ounce or 5 ml.
- Kaffir lime leaf for garnish
- Combine gin, lemongrass simple syrup and ice in a cocktail shaker.
- Shake well until thoroughly mixed and chilled.
- Pour into martini glass and garnish with Kaffir lime leaf.