Bar Cart: Bombay Sapphire Citron Pressé

Mediterranean lemons take the lead in this exciting new gin.

Depending on what bottle you’re drinking, gin botanicals—juniper, cardamom, and coriander among them—can taste a bit wintry when the sun is out regardless of the amount of citrus that makes its way into the recipe. However, as an essential component in many gins, citrus is being experimented with as the leading botanical by some forward-thinking distilleries—sun lovers rejoice.

Citron Pressé, the newest offering from Bombay Sapphire, is the solution to the summer gin conundrum. Inspired by the flavours of the classic Tom Collins, this exciting new gin displays a summery flavour profile that leans more on Mediterranean lemons than on spices. By harvesting the lemons early in the season, Bombay captures the delightful acidic qualities of the fruit without too much residual sugar. No sugar or artificial sweeteners are added to the lemon infusion that is combined with the gin distillate.

Bombay Citron Pressé is meant to be enjoyed in cocktails almost exclusively. In simple cocktails like gin and tonic or Tom Collins, this gin has a light mouthfeel, notably lacking the oiliness juniper-forward gins often have. As you would expect, the taste is all lemon but not in an overbearing way. The flavour profile is subdued across the board, and the lemon only kisses the palate, leaving ample room to experiment with ingredient combinations in cocktails. Or you can just keep it simple this summer—that’s what Citron Pressé was made for.