NEW YORK – September 1 – BOMBAY SAPPHIRE and GQ Magazine are proud to announce Christian Sanders as America’s next bartending hero and a new face to watch in the cut-throat US mixology scene. By flaunting his innovative and exciting “Green Sour Hour (see recipe below),” Sanders has secured the chance to be featured alongside his signature cocktail in GQ’s December 2009 – Men of The Year issue. Sanders came together with 39 other bartenders from around the country at the Palms in Las Vegas, where all were judged on originality, presentation, flavor and taste of their signature gin cocktails by Bacardi’s Giles Woodyer, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE’s Global Mixologist, Merlin Griffiths, Style Correspondent Brett Fahlgren, for GQ magazine, and world-renowned mixologist, Tony Abou-Ganim.
From left: Tony Abou-Ganim, The Modern Mixologist; Giles Woodyer, VP, Brand Managing Director; Christian Sanders, Miami W Hotel; Merlin Griffiths, Global Master Mixologist, Bombay Sapphire; and Brett Fahlgren, GQ Style Correspondent
For the third summer in a row, bartenders from all 50 states have participated in the quest to find the most inspired cocktail, all using BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin. A team of BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Master Mixologists embarked on a gin odyssey across America back in April, to discover new gin drinks from a new generation of skilled bartenders. BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Master Mixologist, James Moreland shares, “This year we saw enormous talent and creative cocktailing from participants coast to coast. The cocktails this year were more balanced, sophisticated, and elegant than ever before. The big take-home trend: large amounts of veggies and herbs getting juiced, muddled, and infused.” The Green Sour Hour in particular uses celery juice, dill paste, and Himalayan black salt which perfectly complement the signature 10 botanicals found in BOMBAY SAPPHIRE’S recipe.
According to Giles Woodyer, Vice President, Brand Managing Director, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE, “We are proud to continue our support for uncovering the latest grass-roots talent in mixology and Christian Sanders fits the bill perfectly. We look forward to showing off and sharing his cocktail flair with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE fans around the country!”
MIAMI – The Living Room at The W Hotel
The Green Sour Hour
50 ml Bombay Sapphire
10 ml Galliano
17 ml Lemon Juice
15 ml Triple Sec
30 ml Celery Juice
1 thumbnail Dill Paste
2 dashes Orange Bitters
Salt half the rim with a cracked black pepper and Himalayan sea salt. Discard all ingredients into a Boston Shaker. Add ice to the top and shake vigorously for 5-10 seconds. Double Fine strain & garnish with a fine strain of Dill Sprig.