Friday, 8 May 2020

Sip on these cocktails from top mixologists at home

Leading mixologists from five of Singapore’s best bars give us their favourite cocktail recipe to make at home. And if that sounds like too much work, they also offer a range of takeaway cocktails. For even more options, try the new initiative Wheels on the Bars, a consolidated platform where nearly two dozen bars and distilleries sell cocktails and spirits for islandwide delivery in Singapore.

ATLAS Head Bartender Jesse Vida
ATLAS Head Bartender Jesse Vida

ATLAS Martini, from ATLAS (#8 on World’s Best Bars 2019)

While it might be tricky to recreate the gilded interiors of the Art Deco-inspired ATLAS, head bartender Jesse Vida insists it’s easy to mix up the flagship drink. California-born Vida, who rose to prominence at top New York bars Dead Rabbit and Black Tail before moving to Singapore in 2019, believes that flavour and balance are always more important than fancy flourishes when it comes to making a great cocktail. While revealing how to put together the bar’s signature martini, Vida says, “We want to share ATLAS’ much-loved classic cocktails with everyone, so they can enjoy them from the comfort of their own home.”

Atlas Martini home cocktails by mixologist
ATLAS Martini

Ingredients:

2 dashes of orange bitters

5 dashes of champagne vinegar (or substitute with white wine vinegar)

15ml of white vermouth

60ml of dry gin

Instructions:

Build all the ingredients into a stirring vessel. Stir with ice before straining into a chilled martini glass.

Takeaway option:

Alongside a selection from the bar’s food and drink menu, Atlas is now offering a range of bottled cocktails and gin and whisky cocktail sets for delivery or takeaway. Cocktails come in 100ml, 250ml and 500ml bottles and cover classics like the Atlas Negroni and Martini, as well as options from the current menu, such as the Rose Coloured Glasses (Japanese gin, elderflower, Greek vermouth, palo cortado sherry, orange bitters). The sets include spirits, mixers, garnishes and recipes. Don’t have the cocktail gear at home? Don’t worry, you can also buy bartending tools, from jiggers and shakers to strainers and spoons.

Jerrold Khoo Jigger and Pony
Jerrold Khoo, bar manager at Jigger and Pony

Yuzu Whiskey Sour, from Jigger and Pony (#29 on World’s Best Bars 2019)

One of the pioneers of Singapore’s cocktail scene when it first opened on Amoy Street in back 2012, Jigger and Pony continues to push boundaries, now at its more recent digs at the Amara Singapore hotel. Singaporean bar manager Jerrold Khoo’s selection of the Yuzu Whiskey Sour highlights one of the bar’s key strengths: introducing Asian flavours and ingredients to classic cocktails. Khoo says he picked it because it’s easy to make yet has a real twist with the addition of the yuzu marmalade. “Marmalades are already sweetened so you don’t have to add to your sugar content,” he explains. “And it’s such a crowd-pleaser at Jigger & Pony – I’m sure nobody wants to make cocktails at home only to find that nobody but yourself liked it!”

Yuzu Whiskey Sour Jigger and Pony home cocktails by mixologist
Yuzu Whiskey Sour

Ingredients:

45ml bourbon

20ml egg white

20ml lemon juice

2 teaspoons yuzu marmalade (available at most Korean marts)

5ml elderflower liqueur (St Germain, for example)

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, shake and strain into a glass. Garnish with a sprig of thyme.

Takeaway option:

From their Singapore-inspired Little Red Dot (Tanqueray No. 10 Gin, Giffard Lychee, raspberry, grapefruit, Fee Brothers rose water) to classic mixes like Jungle Bird (The Lovers Rum, Campari, lemongrass, clarified Granny Smith apple juice, lime) and Old Fashioned (Bulleit bourbon, demerara sugar, Angostura bitters), there are a host of Jigger and Pony cocktails on offer for islandwide delivery via the hospitality group’s Humpback website. The bonus is you can also pick and choose from the rest of the group’s offerings which includes dishes from Caffe Fernet, Sugarhall and Humpback, plus more cocktails from Gibson and Live Twice.

Peter Chua Junior
Junior’s head bartender Peter Chua

Oshakawa Rum Highball, from Junior

Perhaps the smallest bar in Singapore, Junior is still known for packing a punch with its creative cocktails and regularly rotating themes. Previous iterations have included tributes to tiki bars, mezcal spots and Alpine retreats, but the current Washi theme is firmly focused on Asia, taking its inspiration from Shinjuku’s Golden Gai bars. Award-winning head bartender Peter Chua helps you bring a slice of neon 1980s Tokyo into your front room with this quirky take on a highball. “It’s both easy to make, and the flavours are very approachable,” says Chua who was on the opening team at 28 Hong Kong Street. “The natural combination of peach and thyme coupled with the ginger beer and rum make this drink extremely refreshing as well.”

Oshakawa Rum Highball

Ingredients:

45ml Diplomático Planas Rum

7.5ml Merlet pêche liqueur (any peach liqueur will do)

20ml fresh lime juice

20ml thyme syrup (recipe below)

Top up with East Imperial ginger beer

Thyme syrup:

  • 300g white caster sugar
  • 300ml water
  • Put sugar and water into a pot.
  • Stir sugar over heat till completely dissolved.
  • Put 4 thyme sprigs into sugar syrup and let simmer for 15 mins.
  • Strain out thyme

Instructions:

Simply add all the different elements of the cocktail into a highball glass over ice. Stir until chilled then garnish with a lemon wheel and a sprig of thyme.

Takeaway option:

Much like the bar itself, Junior’s takeaway options feature a regularly changing range of cocktails tied to previous themes. At the moment, they’re recreating NORMA, their first bar concept, with a selection of five agave-based cocktails. Try options such as the Vampiro (Arquitecto tequila, orange juice, carrot, beetroot, ginger, chilli, lime and smoked salt) and the Paloma (Arquitecto tequila, grapefruit cordial, soda water, lime and sea salt). Servings come in 500ml bottles and include garnishes where needed. Check out their Instagram account (ig.com/juniorthepocketbar) for the latest offerings.

Regent Singapore Manhattan_Manhattan Bar Manager David Nguyen-Lu
Manhattan’s bar manager David Nguyen-Luu

Manhattan, from Manhattan (#11 on World’s Best Bars 2019)

Classy and sophisticated are words that come to mind when talking about this grand hotel bar whose stylish ambience is a throwback to 19th-century New York. It’s not surprising that bar manager David Nguyen-Luu opted for the equally classic and sophisticated drink of the same name. With just three ingredients, the Manhattan might seem simple, but it’s been perennial favourite among cocktail connoisseurs since its invention back in the mid-1850s. “It’s super easy and it’s delicious and sophisticated,” explains Nguyen-Lu, who made his name in the cocktail bars of Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney before relocating to Singapore. “It contains three staple ingredients prevalent in most home bars: rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters. Our Manhattan comes with a house-made cherry brandy too, but that’s a little tough to replicate at home.”

Manhatten Regent home cocktails by mixologist
Manhattan

Ingredients:

50ml rye whiskey

20ml sweet vermouth

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Instructions:

Stir all the ingredients with ice until they are properly chilled. Strain into chilled glassware and then garnish with a cherry. As a pro tip, David recommends twisting orange peel over the finished drink to release orange oils for added zing.

Takeaway option:

Fans can choose from over 10 of the bar’s highlight cocktails, including 100ml offerings of the Bada Bing Bada Boom (Scotch, Chianti, spice syrup, cherry tobacco bitters) and Citizen Kane (American whiskey, Mandarin Napoleon, Cocchi Americano, Becherovka, sherry). They also do a 350ml bottle of The Manhattan available for $$118. While you’re at it, you can also order from the Regent Singapore hotel’s other F&B venues Basilico and Summer Palace.

The Old Man Andrew Yap
The Old Man’s head bartender Andrew Yap

Negroni, from The Old Man (#38 on World’s Best Bars 2019)

The Singapore branch of Asia’s Best Bar has quickly established itself on the local scene thanks to its fun and friendly vibe as well as its cocktails, which all take inspiration from the works of American writer Ernest Hemingway. Despite this, well-travelled head bartender and managing partner Andrew Yap has opted for a straightforward classic for you to recreate at home. “A Negroni is my go-to cocktail because it can be drunk at any time of the day and goes perfectly with my favourite gin,” explains Yap of his choice. “A simple drink to recreate at home, the Negroni is great for any occasion.”

Negroni The Old Man home cocktails by mixologist
Negroni

Ingredients:

30ml London dry gin

20ml Campari

20ml sweet vermouth (such as Cinzano 1757)

Instructions:

Mix all the ingredients into a glass filled with ice and stir for 10 seconds. Then strain over a rocks/lowball glass filled with a cube of ice. Zest with orange peel and serve.

Bartender’s tip: If you don’t have a bar strainer, use a food strainer to collect the ice. If you don’t have a stirring spoon or mixing glass, substitute with chopsticks and a tumbler.

Takeaway option:

If you do fancy something a little more experimental, then seven signature cocktails from the Old Man’s menu are now available for delivery and takeaway from single servings to portions for up to eight guests. The list includes The Sun Also Rises, prepared with copra fat-washed Applejack, curry leaf-infused Bulldog gin, Cinzano 1757 vermouth sous-vide pandan leaves and kaffir lime; and the Papa Doble, which features pineapple sous-vide Appleton white rum, clarified pink grapefruit and lime and maraschino sous-vide jalapeno. Get the full menu, which also includes a range of accompanying bar snacks, here.

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