Experiment with these tea-infused cocktails at the coolest bars in town on your next bar hop!
Tea is a beverage that has worn many hats throughout the course of history. Be it for medicine; symbols of opulence; religious ceremonies or even the root of a war during the 1800s, it has slowly, but surely, found its way into the ingredients list of cocktail bars around the world. On home turf, while you’re probably used to having your tea hot, iced, tarik-ed, or with pearl tapioca in it, let these mixologists enchant you with the perplexities of this cherished group of leaves in their cocktails.
1. THE OTHER ROOF
A rooftop bar conceptualised with the intention of infusing teas and spirits, The Other Roof offers over 400 different tea-finished spirits created in-house that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. These bespoke spirits are used in 22 specialty cocktails inspired by eras in history, emotions (like Whole Lotta Love, as seen in the photo) and global cultures, and can also be sampled on their own. Tipple reinvented classics like The Other Mojito, which is a mojito spiced up with chocolate, passionfruit and butter washed muchachita tea rum, or the locally-inspired Katong Collins, made with coconut tea, pineapple vermouth, Matusalem rum and washed off with milk, somewhat reminiscent of the Peranakan cuisine that the Katong neighbourhood is famed for. End your soirée with a dessert in the form of a Chocolate Martini, starring tiramisu tea vodka and dark chocolate. After a night at The Other Roof, we’re not sure if you’d ever drink tea without the alcohol again!
The Other Roof is located at 28 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069708.
2. ORIGIN BAR
With teal-coloured seats in the shape typically seen on our MRT trains and curved ceiling ornamental details mirroring railway tunnels, Origin Bar invites you on a journey to rediscover our island home through their spirits. Their menu is divided into six sections, each representing a district of Singapore. Of which, Chinatown and Little India are included. Knowing the rich history tied to tea in Chinese and Indian cultures, the prized beverage has been cleverly incorporated into your glass to share the stories of our diverse heritage. Achieve your balance of yin and yang with The Velvet, made with jazzed-up Traditional Chinese Medicine ingredients like hawthorn vodka, lychee black tea, hibiscus and dry sherry. For something to spice up your taste buds, try the Ma-Sa-La, made with masala chai spices, milk wash, single malt whisky, gin and lemon for a citrusy aftertaste.
Origin Bar is located in Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350.
3. CUT BY WOLFGANG PUCK
Known the world over for their famed steaks, we bet you’d be even more blown away after you find out about CUT by Wolfgang Puck’s extensive cocktail menu featuring over 50 cocktails! We were even more delighted to discover that they share our love for tea with so many types of tea-infused cocktails to cater to your every whim. For palatable, familiar options, there’s The Duke of Earl, an earl grey tea infused gin with lemon and cane sugar. For something light and refreshing, opt for Crouching Tiger, a jasmine flower green tea infused vodka or The Garden of Eden, a mango black tea infused vodka. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous that night, get yourself “Roped & Thai-ed” with this spiked Thai iced tea vodka mixed with ginger. Truly, the cocktails might end up becoming the star of the show.
CUT by Wolfgang Puck is located in The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972.
4. AH SAM COLD DRINK STALL
Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall is a cocktail and beer bar inspired by our friendly neighbourhood kopitiams, where drinks are served fresh off the tap in an intimate and familiar setting. Locally hand-brewed, the menu is, appropriately, inspired by the drinks and dishes found in kopitiams. Start off your day with Kaya Flip for breakfast, a drink inspired by Kaya Toast and soft-boiled eggs, made with pandan, coconut cream and egg yolk. If having tea for breakfast is your cup of tea, enjoy a calming brew of Ju Hua Cha, made with chrysanthemum tea, ginseng and Bombay Sapphire dry gin. For lunch, we recommend our favourite local noodle dish, Laksa, brewed with dried shrimp, lemongrass, coconut cream and spiced up with chilli padi and Arquitecto tequila for an added kick. Lastly, after a long day in the heat of Singaporean weather, relax and Get L.i.i.T with a Long Island Iced Tea, made with oolong milk tea for a local twist. An unpretentious, relaxed space to commune at, Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall has truly succeeded in capturing the spirit and spices of our beloved kopitiams.
Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall is located at 12 Haji Lane, Singapore 189205.
5. MONA LOUNGE
Experience firsthand the opulence, glamour and wealth that tea once brought as you live out your wildest dreams of being a Hong Kong mobster at Mona Lounge. Hidden in the backroom of the second-floor of Sum Yi Tai (and only accessible with a passcode), the bar was modelled after the decadence of 1980s Hong Kong. Think lush leather sofas, glittering chandeliers and tables studded with mahjong tiles, all set to music blaring from a vinyl player. Discover the latest mob secrets through Brother’s Tea, a genmaicha gin cocktail with passionfruit and lemon juice soda while savouring some Homemade Soup, made with chrysanthemum tea gin, wolfberries, Dom Benedictine and osmanthus jelly. After a tiring day of mob (ie: illegal) activities, unwind with Ool Spice, an oolong gin with calamansi and pandan syrup. And since you are in Hong Kong, after all, enjoy a glass of signature Yuen Yeung, a drink brewed with equal parts coffee and tea. Here, yuen yeung rum is mixed with Kahlúa and simple cream foam. Relive the glory of days once past as you unravel the secrets that lie beneath your very eyes, through the cocktails crafted by Mona, the matriarch of Mona Lounge.
Mona Lounge is located within Sum Yi Tai, 25B Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069622.