They’re not from Bombay, but from Bombay gin, the subject of a special promotion by Balls Brothers wine bar. Some of them look to be worth trying.
1. Garden Martini: gin and elderflower, shaken with rosemary over ice and fine-strained.
2. Queen Mum of Cosmo (now there’s a splendid name!): gin, cointreau, cranberry juice, fresh lime juice, shaken and strained.
3. Filthy Martini: gin shaken with ouce brine and orange bitters, and served straight up.
4. The 007 Vesper Martini: gin, Belvedere vodka, Lillet vermouth, shaken, not stirred (of course), and served straight up.
5. Royal Martini: berries muddled with gin and myrtille, shaken and served straight up.
The obvious question is what are ouce brine and myrtille? The latter is just the French word for blueberries, and is unnecessarily pretentious when used here. ‘Ouce’ is harder, and seems to be a misprint, in that a filthy (sometimes called ‘dirty’) Martini seems to include the brine from an olive jar. It should probably read “1 ounce brine,” as some recipes stipulate.