IN PHOTOS: Project Botanicals Returns to Sydney with Bombay Sapphire

Bombay Sapphire has launched its ‘Project Botanicals: A Journey To The Edges Of Food, Music & Imagination’.

This year, Project Botanicals pays homage to the worldly origins of Bombay Sapphire’s sustainably sourced vapour-infused botanicals. This unique story comes to life as an interactive sensory adventure, with an immersive audio-visual experience designed by Future Classic artist Ta-Ku, culinary surprises by Studio Neon’s Aaron Teece in collaboration with some of Australia’s top cocktail bars including Mjolner, The Barber Shop, Union Electric and Bar Moncur, all tasked with creating exquisite Bombay Sapphire libations.

In the 2-hour experience, guests travel through sensory destinations representing Bombay Sapphire botanical locations across the world, tasting four creations conceived by Studio Neon chef Aaron Teece whilst sipping complementing cocktails. Under a verdant grove of trees in Spain, where Bombay Sapphire’s lemon peel is sourced, guests will hand-pick what appear to be lemons from a bed of leaves, to find they are in fact cheesecakes in the form of the fallen fruit alongside a cocktail creation by Mjolner. On the hazy Javanese mountains, where cubeb berry is sourced, peppery botanical fairy floss clouds will be found atop smoky char-grilled chicken to complement a jungle inspired cocktail created by Australia’s best gin bar, The Barber Shop.

As guests wander down the dark ambiance of a Chinese backstreet, dished from a secret hatch in the side of a towering door are tastes of liquorice in Bar Moncur’s Jasmine Bloom cocktail and twisted duck pancakes with liquorice root gel. Finally, guests will travel under the coloured tiled mosaics of Morocco, where coriander seed is sourced giving Bombay Sapphire a bright citrus and warm ginger-like spice. Here a pressed lamb tagine with coriander yoghurt foam awaits amongst the spices of a city souk alongside sun drenched cocktail by Union Electric.

Adding to the immersive atmosphere is a 360 audio-visual composition created by acclaimed Australian musician, creative and producer Ta-Ku, in collaboration with award-winning animator Sam Price, made up of vivid light installations and an original music composition exclusively for Project Botanicals, inspiring a voyage to each botanical location. Working with sonic scientist Jo Byrzynska, Ta-Ku’s composition entwines layers of sound designed to shift perceptions of the palate accenting different tastes and sensations. The installations will also feature individual soundscapes created to enhance and change perceptions of the cocktails.

Tickets for Project Botanicals are on sale now, with the event series taking place in Sydney from 16h November until Sunday 19th November 2017.

Project Botanicals Event Details

Location: 225 Euston Road, Alexandria

Tickets: $40+bf for four food and cocktail tasting experiences, and one signature gin and tonic twist. Additional dishes and cocktails are available for purchase for $14 each.

Session dates and times (note, all sessions are two hours duration)

  • Thursday 16 Nov (8pm-10pm)
  • Friday 17 Nov (5.30pm-7.30pm)
  • Friday 17 Nov (8pm-10pm)
  • Saturday 18 Nov (1.30pm-3.30pm)
  • Saturday 18 Nov (4.30pm-6.30pm)
  • Saturday 18 Nov (7.30pm-9.30pm)
  • Sunday 19 Nov (1.30pm-3.30pm)
  • Sunday 19 Nov (4.30pm-6.30pm)
  • Sunday 19 Nov (7.30pm-9.30pm)


Photography © by Kevin Burke for Gourmantic – Copyright: All rights reserved.

Updated with photos 16 November 2017


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.