The cocktail been created in partnership with the Bombay Sapphire Distillery and includes a generous measure of Bombay Sapphire gin, Blue Curacao to evoke the sea, and a splash of Prosecco to signify the fizz and bubbles created by waves in the water.
“The Sapphire Princess cocktail is a silky smooth, well-balanced libation that takes its inspiration partially from the deep bright blue colour of the Mediterranean Sea and also the countries that the Sapphire Princess sails around. A little splash of Prosecco is added to finish off the cocktail to evoke the fizz and bubbles created by the waves in the sea.”
Sam Carter, Senior Brand Ambassador for the Bombay Sapphire Distillery
The ‘Sapphire Princess’ cocktail is the newest addition to the ships cocktail menu and Princess Cruises hopes the cocktail will appeal to Brits who have a long-standing love affair with gin. Latest figures show Brits bought almost 60 million bottles in the UK, worth an extra £516 million.
Princess Cruises also announced that in the last 12 months, guests onboard ships have consumed approximately 1.6 million gin and tonics, the equivalent to 28 hot tubs filled with gin.
The ‘Sapphire Princess’ cocktail will be available on sailings departing from Southampton between April and October 2019. The cocktail launch marks the vessel’s return to the UK after sailing around Asia and the Indian Ocean.
“We’re excited to offer this brand new cocktail which is bursting with flavours. Guests can enjoy a glass or two in one of the many bars onboard Sapphire Princess, or sitting in the sun on the top deck watching the world sail by.”
Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises’ vice president UK and Europe
How to make the Sapphire Princess cocktail
- 45ml Bombay Sapphire Gin
- 15ml Blue Curacao
- 15ml MARTINI Bianco Vermouth
- 15ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Splash of Prosecco
Glassware: chilled martini cocktail glass
Method: Squeeze the lemon juice into a cocktail shaker and add all other ingredients (except the Prosecco) including lots of cubed ice and shake well for 10 seconds. Using a fine tea strainer, strain the cocktail into a martini cocktail glass and add a splash of Prosecco. Garnish by squeezing and orange peel disc over the drink, allowing the oils from the orange skin to rest on the top of the drink. Then using a knife, make a cut 1/3rd of the way through the orange peel disc and then place on the rim edge of the glass.