Siam Sapphire — A Lemongrass Martini — Shaken, Not Stirred, Please

| August 1, 2010 | 8 Comments

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.

A Siam Sapphire Martini, gin kissed with the wonderful flavor of lemongrass.

Siam Sapphire Martini

  1. 3 ounces (30 ml.) Bombay Sapphire Gin
  2. 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.
  3. Kaffir lime leaf for garnish
  4. Ice
  • 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.


— Vic

Lemongrass Drink

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Category: Beverage, Cocktail, Thai

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Victor Panichkul is a journalist and writer by training; a cook, wine lover and photographer by passion; and a lover of the outdoors since moving to Oregon more than 10 years ago. He is a native of Bangkok, Thailand.

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  1. Tina Martin says:

    It can make all your troubles go away! Thanks for always being so creative. And Happy Birthday!

  2. VPanichkul says:

    Thanks for helping me celebrate my birthday Tina! Also thanks for being my martini test subject so many times. 🙂

  3. Happy, happy Birthday, dear Vic! I know you’re celebrating with some marvelous food and many loving friends! I’m thinking about you!


  4. Joni says:

    Lovely recipe! I just got my first bit of lemongrass (albeit dried), but I think I may have to make some of the simple syrup just for this. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  5. VPanichkul says:

    Hi Joni,
    Thanks for visiting and commenting. Let us know how you like the martinis!

  6. delicieux says:

    Ooooh this looks SO good. I love the idea of lemongrass syrup!! I will have to try this.

  7. Sawadee Victor,
    Your pictures of the Oriental Hotel bring back many fond memories. My husband and I have been to Thailand 17 times over the last 28 years and needless to say we love everything about it. On one of our trips to Chiang Mai, I tried a lemongrass martini at the Horn Bar of the Dhara Devi and have been craving them since.
    I am looking forward to trying your martini recipe for a Thai inspired dinner party I will be hosting.

  8. Victor says:

    Sawadee Deborah,
    I’m glad you found our website. I’ve still got lemongrass syrup in the fridge from the last time I made it and my mother loves mixing it with soda water since she doesn’t drink. I hope you come back and find other recipes to try.

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