BUTTERFLY PEA GIN
S$98, from Brass Lion Distillery
Most gins come clear, but not Brass Lion Distillery’s Butterfly Pea Gin, which makes it a standout looks wise. The infusion of the familiar butterfly pea flower, also used to make kueh salat, gives this gin its lilac hue. There’s also the addition of lavender to create this floral scented gin, that is best mixed with elderflower tonic water. The gin has a clean and silky mouthfeel, making it an easy one to enjoy through the night.
CHENG TNG GAO
S$20, from GudSht
A bowl of ice-cold cheng tng is a sure way to cool down on a hot day, but when you want something strong, go for Cheng Tng Gao from Gudsht. It has cognac and amaretto liqueur in it, together with freshly brewed cheng tng, complete with bits of barley and longan too. Just like how it is served at hawker centres, have this in a bowl topped with crushed ice.
PANDAN SLING FIZZ
From S$18, from Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall
Inspired by The Singapore Sling, this version by Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall is less sweet and made with pandan, an ingredient that Singaporeans are all familiar with. What gives this cocktail that something extra is that it is dispensed through a cocktail draft system, so it comes out fizzy rather than flat. Enjoy it fresh off the tap at Ah Sam’s outlet at 12 Haji Lane, or in a takeaway bottle.
S$20, from Nutmeg & Clove
Enjoy chilli crab without having to get your fingers dirty. Cocktail bar Nutmeg & Clove’s Bloody Crabs is a playful take on the classic Bloody Mary inspired by chilli crabs. Tomato chilli crab bisque is paired with zesty vanilla and floral notes of the Monkey Shoulder blended malt whisky before rounding it up with hints of Smoky Islay Whisky for the slight wok hei kick. The cocktail is only available at a special pop-up at Roketto Izakaya @ Relish Fraser Tower.
TEH-O AND KOPI-O LIQUER
S$48 each from Compendium
Get your kopitiam drink without having to leave home. Distillery Compendium has Teh-O and Kopi-O Liquors made using a contemporary cold brew technology and traditional “sock” filtering techniques. When cold brewed with rum, the tea and coffee flavors extracted are much more intense. Pour over regular coffee or tea or have it neat for that extra caffeinated kick.
BLACK POWDER GIN
S$98 from Tanglin
A gin for those looking for a long and strong finish. Tanglin’s Navy Strength makes it suited for a gin and tonic, or but still smooth enough to sip on its own. The Double Gold Award winner at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition, is made with bruised juniper and lemons. Pair it with an aromatic tonic water or with lime juice, sugar syrup and mint leaves to make a Southside.