Tea cocktails have come a long way from the early days. An ingredient typically presented in contemporary bars as a bittersweet foil to light, fruity sippers was once used to dilute a potent 17th century American party quaff of peach brandy, Jamaican rum and cognac known as Philadelphia Fish House Punch.
But watering holes, and the stuff they pour, have come a long way since then – especially in Singapore, where the craft cocktail scene is thriving, colourful and very much deserving of the attention it gets on an international level by way of numerous entrants on The World‘s and Asia’s 50 Best Bars lists.
Among the maddening crowd rise cocktail bars that give tea – Earl Grey, oolong, matcha, Darjeeling and everything else – the proper attention it deserves as part of their craft beverage programme. Behold, Singapore’s best bars for tea-focused cocktails.