What To Drink In Singapore: Try These 7 Creative Asian-inspired Cocktails
Asian-inspired cocktails were once considered a fad. But not anymore. If you look at the menu of specialty cocktail bars today, you will soon realise that east-meet-west concoctions are actually mainstays or even the bestsellers. In fact, ‘Asian-inspired’ is now a trending concept for many popular watering holes. Some of these artisanal cocktails are playful tweaks to classics, while others are outrageous never-seen-before creations. These unique fusion drinks are challenging the boundaries of mixology — and it’s understandable why people have a love-hate relationship for these hybrids.
The idea of drinking a new cocktail creation could be seen as a dreadful risk for some. Probability has gotten the better of them; they figured that the odds of satisfaction are in their favour when they stick to their usual drinks. But there is also another group of explorers who view exotic Asian-inspired cocktails as an exciting new realm of gastronomy. Needless to say, the Chug family belongs to the latter. We love the idea of experimentation and we believe in the potential of concocting something out of the world when mixologists boldly attempt to infuse the most unimaginable ingredients together.
From Mr Punch Public House’s Encik Punch (S$19), Naughty Nuri’s Gula Melaka Chocotini (S$15) to Phat Cat Laundry’s Fuji Apple Moscow Mule (S$18), here are 7 Creative Asian-inspired Cocktails to try!
1. Bandung Blush (S$25) from Muse Amuse
Drawing inspiration from the pink-coloured milky beverage Bandung, Muse Amuse has taken it up a notch by integrating the local drink’s key elements into a beautiful cocktail concoction, The Bandung Blush, which consists of floral rose syrup infused gin, Heering Cherry liqueur, Saint Germain elderflower liqueur, fresh rosemary plant and fresh milk.
Address: 289 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058835
2. Cuban Nonya (S$22) from Beast & Butterflies
The Cuban Nonya is an eclectic infusion of Peranakan ingredients into the classic Zombie Tiki Cocktail. Thumbs up to the bartenders of Beast & Butterflies for dreaming up such an unlikely combo of Cruzan Aged Rum, Palm Sugar, Mint Leaves and Fresh Lime — and making it taste wonderful!
Address: 90 Robertson Quay, Level 1, Singapore 238259
3. Encik Punch (S$19) from Mr Punch Public House
The Encik Punch is a Malaysian-inspired fruity cocktail made with campari, rum and homemade jackfruit syrup. Refreshing, sweet and easy to drink — this alcoholic concoction will be a hit with the ladies.
Address: 26 Seah Street, Singapore 188382
4. Fuji Apple Moscow Mule (S$18) from Phat Cat Laundry
As its name suggests, Fuji Apple Moscow Mule is served with Fuji Apple infused vodka and real apple slices. The cocktail — served in a jar — is mixed with cinnamon and fresh lime juice. The perfect beverage to combat Singapore’s unbearable heat!
Address: 4 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089261
5. Gula Melaka Chocotini (S$15) from Naughty Nuri’s Singapore
Hailing from Bali, Naughty Nuri’s is famous for their ribs and martinis. The Gula Melaka Chocotini is a delectable creation that all chocolate lovers must try. Think a vodka-based martini served with a delightful mix of chocolate syrup, cream, espresso shot and homemade gula melaka.
Address: #01-84 Capitol Piazza, 11 Stamford Rd, 01-84, Singapore 178884
6. Thaisteenie (S$22) from Long Chim
Celebrity restaurant Long Chim by David Thompson features a selection of Thai-inspired cocktails and our all-time favourite cocktail is the dainty looking Thaisteenie, which comprises apple, aperol bitters, campari liqueur, gin and house mangosteen shrub.
Address: 10 Bayfront Ave, #02-02, Singapore 018955
7. Mexican Clouds from Mitzo Bar
Mexican Clouds is unlike anything we had ever tasted before. Concocted with red capsicum infused tequila, lemon juice, orange bitter, lapsang souchong syrup and topped with velvety egg white foam, this kick ass cocktail is bound to leave an everlasting impression.
Address: Level 4 Grand Park, 270 Orchard Road, Singapore 238857