No shooters here, only cocktails
By Alexius Chua
December 3, 2014
After a year of hard work, there’s nothing more celebratory than sipping a reinvigorating cocktail to set your mind at ease. But before you go ahead with the familiar classic margarita, get this: it’s not worth grabbing the same old mix year in year out, just like DJs don’t spin the same old mixes and expect the crowd to get high on the dance floor. Cocktails evolve too - from a composition of sugar, water and booze in the early 19th century to the current stage of playful experimentation. It’s time to drop your favorites and chill with some new exotic drinks.
Here we present you 5 trendy party drinks that would swoon you over. Some are house concoctions, some are simple mixes that you can D.I.Y, and all 5 display the sparkly sweet profile that befits the Year End Party vibe. Just a side note: getting wasted is not sexy. Be a conscious drinker, not an alcoholic knock-out.
Photo sourced from Sugarhall Facebook Page
1. Mai-Tai ala Sugarhall
Those who frequent breezy Sugarhall at Amoy Street would attest - the refreshing Mai-Tai ala Sugarhall is S-U-P-E-R-B. This tropical drink packs a fruity punch and is sure to ignite your neuros for a fun party night. What’s more, be mesmerised by the theatrical performance put up by the skilled bartender as he blazes your drink on fire!
Secret Blend of Rums, orgeat syrup, lime almond, spiced apricot brandy
102 Amoy Street, Singapore 069922, Opens on Monday – Saturday, 6pm – 12pm
Photo sourced from spoonforkbacon.com
2. Hibiscus & Ginger Champagne Cocktail
While the Oscars might well be over, there’s no way this simple yet gorgeous bubbly mix could reach its expiry date. Hibiscus & Ginger Champagne Cocktail is well popped for a fanciful party and this new ‘sparkling’ interpretation gives a sensual twist to the classic Champagne Cocktail. The most interesting aspect is the beautiful hibiscus flower dropped at each champagne flute, giving it a stunning presentation.
Syrup-soaked Hibiscus, Domaine De Canton Ginger Liqueur, Sparkling white wine or champagne
Photo sourced from FOC Restaurant Facebook Page
3. Smells Like Gin Spirit
You would surely love this one if you enjoy the sweet vibe of Mojito. Crafted by award-winning mixologist Dario Knox, the cheeky-named Smells Like Gin Spirit cocktail is one of the bestsellers in FOC restaurant at Hong Kong street. Just don’t fall over the bar chair while admiring the whimsical knick-knacks like the big heads ‘Capgros’ floating around the entourage.
House made lemon-agave gin, fresh basil, basil-lemon tincture, sugar and lemon juice.
40 Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059679, Opens on Monday – Saturday, 11am – 1am
4. Beaded Slipper
Are you fond of chendol? Then Beaded Slipper might be just for you. Known for its fanciful cocktails and owned by an equally interesting owner/bartender Sam Wong, Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall is a place to be for a creative, Sing-lish interpretation of cocktails. As the name implies, the design of this alcoholic drink is inspired by the Peranakan beaded footwear. And guess what, it tastes exactly like the popular Southeast Asian dessert! Check out the youtube video on how to create this Nonya-inspired drink.
Dark rum, gula Melaka, azuki beans and coconut cream.
60A Boat Quay, Singapore 049848, Opens on Monday – Thursday, 6pm – 12am, Friday – Saturday 6pm – 3am.
Photo sourced from Chicken Up Facebook Page
5. Watermelon Soju
If you’ve been around Tanjong Pagar Road lately you’ll realize the Korean craze has taken a stir on this idyllic street. And in one corner stood Chicken Up, a Korean-style chicken specialty shop that boasts hot and spicy fried chicken, and Korean ‘vodka’ soju. One signature drink of theirs is the famed uber-sweet Watermelon Soju. As you might expect, this signature drink is fruity sweet and the right amount for big groups going to chiong for the night. Order only if you’re with 4 or more friends because the portion is h-u-g-e.
Watermelon, Korean ‘Vodka’ Soju.
#01-01 48 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088469, Opens on Sunday – Thursday, 5.30pm – 2am, Friday – Saturday, 5.30pm – 3am.
Singles out there – Find your perfect ‘match’ at our Fuse Year-End Singles Party @ Shanghai Dolly this Sat 6 Dec, & you’ll stand a chance to win attractive prizes!