A Sapphire For September: 5 Elegant Birthstone-Based Drinks To Try
To many, birthdays are more than just a yearly opportunity for a party and presents, it's a chance to delve into the cosmic connections that shape your life. If you believe in astrology, then Zodiac signs are a wonderful way to explore your personality, and each month has its own special gemstone to make you feel treasured too. But who says that the only way to honour your birthstone is by wearing it? From fiery ruby reds to serene aquamarine blues, you can explore your spiritual connections through the world of colourful mixology with some unique, birthstone-inspired cocktails.
Sapphire, the gemstone for September babies has dazzled many nations and cultures throughout history with its bright hue and stunning beauty. A stone that embodies wisdom, truth, and faithfulness, sapphire is named after the Greek word 'sappheiros,' though some scholars think that the name 'sappheiros' was actually the Greek name for lapis lazuli. The sapphire was associated with the god Apollo by the Greeks, and the oracles of Delphi were often seen wearing sapphires, which were thought to connect them with the spiritual realm. Greek kings and queens wore sapphire because they believed it would safeguard them from danger and enviousness.
The Persians referred to sapphire "lazvard," which means "sky's eye." The sapphire was especially revered because Persians thought the earth was leaned against a great sapphire (the reason for the sky's blue hue). In the Middle Ages also sapphire jewelry was highly valued, and the clergy often wore blue sapphire representing Heaven, and many ordinary people believed the gem might win divine favor.
September's Sapphire tells stories of wisdom and loyalty that echo through time in the form of delectable cocktails. Just like the precious gem crafting beverages encouraged by its essence invites a journey into refined flavors and elegant aesthetics!
1. Sapphire Martini
With just one simple addition, your dry gin martini is transformed into a mildly fruity, blue delight. The primary ingredient in the sapphire martini is that trustworthy bottle of blue curaçao, and only a couple of dashes are required. There is also no shaking or stirring! The drink is made directly in the glass, but ensure that your gin is ice cold first. Mix the blue curacao and dry vermouth in a frozen cocktail glass. Add the ice cold gin and garnish with a lemon twist. A refreshing drink filled with bright flavors.
2. Sapphire Alpine
The Sapphire alpine is a stunning blue martini made with gin. It's packed with fruity flavors, ridiculously easy to make, and a great choice for any celebration or season. You can even turn it into an attractive party punch that will please everyone. Just add ice, gin, blue curacao, and peach schnapps in a shaker and shake. Strain it into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist. Your easy party drink is ready!
3. Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is a refreshing and zesty cocktail made with vodka, blue curaçao, and lemonade. Its electric blue color is immediately appealing, and the zesty citrus flavors balance the sweetness of the curaçao smoothly. The Blue Lagoon, served in a tall glass with a lemon wheel garnish, is most enjoyable as a cool companion during a lively gathering. lose yourself in the refreshing appeal of the Blue Lagoon and enjoy a flavor explosion that will leave you wanting more.
4. The Blueberry Basil Martini
For those seeking a more sophisticated and nuanced sapphire experience, the Blueberry Basil Martini is a tantalizing choice. Muddle a handful of fresh blueberries and a few basil leaves in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add two ounces of gin, an ounce of blueberry syrup, and a splash of fresh lemon juice. Shake vigorously with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. The deep blue hue of the blueberries combined with the fragrant essence of basil creates an elegant and aromatic cocktail that's as visually striking as it is delicious.
5. Dry Cranberry Spritzer
A simple mocktail with great depth of flavor that lets the natural ingredient shine through. This well-balanced dry cranberry spritzer is simple to make and needs minimal setup. Fill a jar with cranberry juice and orange slices and gently stir. If you want to feel more elegant, garnish your drink with an orange or lemon peel. Add a teaspoon of honey to give the drink a subtle sweetness.