This cocktail is a blend of Bombay Sapphire Gin, Blue Curacao, bay leaf syrup, orange juice, bitters, lime juice, citrus infused syrup. The pièce de résistance is egg white giving it a creamy texture. This is an exclusive EHG invention created by Cuong when he was a bartender at La Siesta Trendy’s Den Bar. (He then took the cocktail to La Siesta Central). Interested in the chemistry of ingredients he took time to discover the combinations. Once perfected the question was then what to call this cocktail? He looked at the components of his creation. Inspired by the blue shade of the Bombay Sapphire Gin bottle, the premium quality of the gin, its royal connotations and the Blue Curacao he penned the words Blue Jade Elizabeth.
Blue jade, the color of the orient, is an exotic turquoise shade just like the azure blue Bombay Sapphire Gin bottle. Elizabeth refers to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland. In 2015, she surpassed Queen Victoria as the UK’s longest reigning monarch. She also holds the crown as the world’s longest reigning sovereign. This leads to the Bombay Sapphire logo. Gin was very popular during British rule over the Indian subcontinent and Queen Victoria’s reign. Hence, Queen Victoria’s profile takes pride of place on the logo encircled by jewels and regal crests.
However, why is the cocktail about Elizabeth and not Victoria? Very simply, Queen Elizabeth is in the hearts of many Vietnamese; Cuong wanted to incorporate Bombay Sapphire’s noble design with today’s royalty of today and bring it into the present.
In addition, you may be interested to know that one of Queen Elizabeth’s daily cocktails includes gin!
Blue Jade Elizabeth Cocktail – the signature cocktail of La Siesta Central Hotel & Spa, 1 Cau Go Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Currently available only at the Twilight Bar and Red Bean Central