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Tonight: Gin up for Elway's Bombay Sapphire dinner

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There are few things more enjoyable than an evening of fantastic food artfully paired with cocktails, which is exactly what's on tap tonight at Elway's Cherry Creek Bombay Sapphire Spirit of Exploration dinner.

Exec chef Tyler Wiard is preparing a five-course dinner with handcrafted Bombay Sapphire cocktail pairings for $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and he's using Bombay Sapphire botanicals -- like juniper, almonds and lemon -- in his dishes, which will each be paired with an inventive cocktail. "The cool thing about the dinner is that all the botanicals are on the culinary side as well," he says. "They aren't just for gin. We used five of the ten botanicals in the courses: cubeb from Java, juniper from Italy, coriander from Morocco, almond from Spain and licorice from China for the five courses."

The menu follows:

First Course-Java

Cubeb Seared Big Eye Tuna Chick Pea Salad, Green Curry Cucumber Sauce

Jakarta Mule - Bombay Sapphire & homemade lemongrass ginger beer on the rocks

Second Course-Morocco

Sumac Braised Chicken Thighs Harissa Couscous, Olive-Date Relish, Preserved Meyer Lemon

Moroccan Cocktail- Bombay Sapphire, cardamom-infused simple syrup, pomegranate juice & lemon served up

Third Course-China

Double Cooked Hoisin Pork Belly Spicy Ramen Noodle Bowl

Monkey Gland Cocktail- Bombay Sapphire, fresh orange juice, homemade grenadine & a touch of absinthe served up

Fourth Course-Italy

Tuscan Rubbed Buffalo NY Strip White Bean-Pancetta-Tomato Ragout, Juniper Pickled Ramps

The Sapphire Negroni- Bombay Sapphire, Italian sweet vermouth & Aperol served on the rocks

Dessert-Spain

Marcona Almond Flan Lemon-Almond Brittle, Sherry Elixir

The Sapphire Bramble- Bombay Sapphire, lemon juice & artisanal crème de cassis over crushed ice

Reservations are still available for the May 12 dinner, which starts with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. To snag a seat, Jen at 303-399-7616.

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