Bombay Sapphire — The Botanical Bazaar

Think gin can only be paired with tonic? Think again! Get ready for Bombay Sapphire’s unmissable pop-up, The Botanical Bazaar.

Back for its third year, this is set to be the best one yet! This time, the event takes you on a sensory journey through a bustling market bazaar. There will be five market stalls each inspired by the vibrant flavours of Spain, Italy, Germany, China and Morocco — countries that Bombay Sapphire sources some of its botanicals to make their premium gin.

I got to try the food and drinks that will be on offer at The Botanical Bazaar and I was more than impressed!

Bombay Sapphire spirits ambassador, Chase Bickerton, and Jamie Johnston, the genius behind pop-up sensation, Judge Bao, have put their creative heads together and come up with the most incredible line up of cocktails and street-eat dishes that will be on offer for just five nights, come November 1st.

Taking inspiration from the German botanical, angelica, there will be an Angelic Bier “aka” gin and beer, yup, it’s a thing and it’s damn good.

Also on offer will be Bombay Sapphire’s take on an Aperol Spritz but with gin, carrot rose and rosemary — seriously delicious.

My personal favourite and the stall I will be hanging around the most, is China, where they will be serving the Dragon Tiki Sling — Bombay Sapphire paired with Tropical liqueur (that Chase has handmade), pineapple three ways (no waste here, the whole pineapple is being used, even the skin), NZ herbal liqueur, soda and bitters, housed in a kitsch Tiki glass.

When it comes to the food offerings, I’m digging the Bratwurst and sauerkraut burgers (with salted pretzel bun) from Germany.

From Spain (where Bombay Sapphire sources their lemon peel), you can indulge in Migas, an ancient dish that combines bread, tomato, smoked paprika, saffron aioli, morcilla, charred capsicums, and croutons — yum!

The most talked about dish is the Sweet Arancini from Italy, which will have you going back for seconds. I don’t want to ruin the surprise with this one, you need to try it for yourself.

The sensory journey doesn’t stop there, music will be provided by some of Auckland top DJ’s. Bombay Sapphire’s pop-up events always sell out, so get your tickets now to avoid missing out on the fun, click here to get tickets.

Tickets are $45 and will get you two food and two cocktail tokens — serious value! Extra tokens will be available to purchase, depending on your appetite. Come hungry, leave happy and full of ideas on how you can turn your simple gin and tonic into something much more exciting.

The Botanical Bazaar will take place at The Fresh Factory in Eden Terrace, 1–5th November. Tickets are $45 each and are available at iTicket.