I have long been a devotee of Bombay Sapphire with tonic and two twists of lime for my aperitif. Especially in the summer when it’s been over a hundred degrees for so many days that you can’t remember what cool weather feels like. In my none-too-humble opinion, cool weather tastes like gin & tonic. With two limes.
So on a recent trip to the local Spec’s* to refresh my gin supply, the nice spirit buyer (*snicker*) introduced me to Broker’s, which is in his none-too-humble opinion better tasting and a better value than either Sapphire or Tanqueray. Well, I don’t give a flip about Tanqueray, but “better than Sapphire” got my attention.
As you can guess, I bought a bottle for a couple bucks less than the Sapphire. Worth it, I suppose, to try something new.
How is it you ask? Well . . . it’s good. Better than Tanqueray, and (begrudgingly) a decent competitor for Bombay Sapphire. It’s just different, I guess. The juniper and coriander are less present, and the cinnamon and orange peel (which are not Bombay ingredients) stand out above the other flavors. I’m pretty sure I still prefer the blue bottle, but I’m not going to throw this one out. Next time, I might try a twist of lemon or orange instead. I’ll have to let you know how it goes.
Now your turn. What are your favorite cocktails? Do you have a preferred spirit or a persnickety preparation? Inquiring minds want to know.
*For the non-Texans among you, Spec’s was once a little place in Houston, but now it’s the mother-of-all-liquor-warehouses all over the state. Not only can purchase beer, wine, and spirits in such a wide variety that your eyes will cross, but you can pick up a gourmet lunch, fine-foods for a romantic dinner, and premium cigars, along with all manner of accessories. It’s a wonderland!