From traditional spiced wines to boozy eggnogs, here’s a toast to the season of merrymaking!
This year’s socially-distant Christmas might not incite the usual yuletide cheer, but it should not hold you back from partying and drinking. In fact, we believe that this calls for even more tipples to put you in a jubilant mood! So bring out the jingle juice and holiday punches, and head to these bars to try their new cocktails created specially for the season.
Manhattan invites you to don your ugliest Christmas sweaters and celebrate the holidays with them! Sip on the comforting citrusy and cinnamon spiced notes of the warm Mulled Wine and get transported to the magic of European winter markets. And while such a vacation is but a distant dream this year, Manhattan has taken the liberty of creating a cocktail that is a proper White Christmas in a glass. Using Farmer’s gin as a base, the créme de cacao, tiramisu tea syrup and cream in the drink are inspired by the flavours of a hot chocolate that would be the perfect respite from the frosty weather, while the peppermint notes from Wondermint’s schnapps liqueur impart the crisp feelings of freshly fallen snow.
For more information, visit regenthotels.com.
2. OXWELL & CLAN
Although the use of egg, sugar and milk in an alcoholic beverage may sound incongruous, Oxwell & Clan’s rendition of the festive punch is self-labelled unusual due to the choice of Hendrick’s gin instead of the regular suspects of rum or brandy, stemming from a partnership between the two brands. Besides this tweak, the other ingredients in the eggnog such as allspice, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and of course, eggs, are kept original to retain the familiar flavour we all love. Heading east, Sichuan peppercorns bring the heat in the Spiced Pear Spritz. Deviating from the typical Christmas spices, the warmth of this gin and prosecco cocktail is subdued with baked apples and pears.
For more information, visit oxwellandco.com.
3. JEKYLL & HYDE
To suit the season, Jekyll & Hyde has created two bottled cocktails for you to raise your glasses from the safety and comfort of your own home. Pandering to the yin and yang concept of the bar’s namesake story, the Spiked Kaya Eggnog cocktail similarly mirrors the marriage of the worlds of foreign traditions and local flavours. Using the homemade kaya recipe of the restaurant’s head chef Alvin Tan, the coconut jam increases the complexity of the spices and nuttiness present in the beverage and bestows a silky, smooth texture with every sip. For a concoction that suits the Singaporean weather, the Mulled Wine cocktail is best mixed with soda water for a refreshing cooler.
For more information, visit facebook.com/JekyllAndHyde.SG/.
4. NEON PIGEON
A modern izakaya, Neon Pigeon’s specialty of progressive Japanese cuisine has been a key influence in the creation of their seasonal cocktails. Moving aside from the cinnamon and peppermint, the menu features cherry blossoms and yuzu in their concoctions. Recreating the popular banana-shaped sponge cake, the Tokyo Banana is a Remy Martin cognac layered with aged banana liqueur and the cake batter aspect is echoed through the egg yolk and vanilla spices used. If you are tired of 2020 and are eager to see what 2021 will bring, have some Spring drinks for preemptive good luck with the Sakura Southside, made with Japanese gin, lime and cherry blossoms.
For more information, visit neonpigeonsg.com.
The frightful weather outside may be owed to the intense heat and inconsistent rainfall, but Maduro promises a tipple as delightful as Christmas morning. A jazz lounge at heart, every cocktail on the menu was designed to tell the tales of the most poignant eras in Western music, with Sax and Jazz representing the timeless classics whipped out every December. This hot toddy is a personalised adventure, for your favoured aged spirit will be steeped in hot tea, honey, apple cider vinegar, and finished with a sprinkling of naughty, nice and a hint of spice! Get your groove on every Sundays with Maduro Social — a livestream from the bar’s listening lounge, and revel in the rhythms and swings that fit snugly in your screens (for the time being).
For more information, visit maduro.sg.