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Capella Singapore collaborates with Manhattan Bar for bottled in-villa cocktails

Plus, other drinks news for this month: Bannie Kang and Tryson Quek are back in Singapore for a guest shift, and new menus at Astor Bar and Maduro.

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Capella Singapore x Manhattan Bar

Unwinding within the remote luxury of Capella Singapore just got a lot sweeter with the property’s recent collaboration with cocktail bar powerhouse Manhattan. Available exclusively in the rooms and villas of Capella, the three spirit-forward cocktails come in 200-ml bottles – which works out to roughly two standard drinks. These aren’t drinks you’d find at Manhattan Bar either. There’s a classic negroni, here given a lighter touch through the use of Roku Gin and less Campari than usual; as well as an aged Manhattan, made with Maker’s Mark, cherry liqueur, Mancino Rosso and Angostura – aged for four weeks in a Maker’s Mark Private Select Barrel. For comparison, the negroni at Manhattan Bar is aged, while the Manhattan is unaged. The third cocktail – a spin on the corn n’ oil – called the 1536, combines aromatic falernum and lime with Navegante Rum, a Barbados spirit that’s distilled exclusively for Capella.

1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island. Tel: 6377-8888

MU: Taipei guest shift in Manhattan

Speaking of Manhattan, the bar will be celebrating its 7th anniversary on 21 and 22 April, and will be joined by two sorely-missed heavyweights of Singapore’s culinary and bar scenes, Tryson Quek and Bannie Kang – who both now own and operate bar-and-restaurant MU:Taipei. The pair will be presenting a menu showcasing some of the exciting stuff they’ve been up to in Taiwan – expect cocktails with Asian-centric ingredients like Philoso’Me, made with Mitchter’s Rye, cassia seeds, winter melon, and charcoal salt. Meanwhile, Quek will be presenting dishes like foie gras with kumquat gel, leeks cooked down with sherry, and a caramel crown. 

1 Cuscaden Rd, Level 2 Regent Singapore. Tel: 6725-3377

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New menu at Maduro

If you’ve never heard of two-year-old bar Maduro on Harding Road, it’s probably because you’re not a fan of classical music, live jazz or small, humble spaces. Even so, we’d still recommend paying this utterly unassuming hideout a visit — partly because it’s so peaceful and quiet, but mostly because of its new cocktail menu. While it is unfortunate that present pandemic safeguards have halted live music across the island, the nine new concoctions were in fact inspired by Maduro founder and former jazz pianist Peter Ng’s compositions. The “Pina-play”, for instance combines rum, spiced pineapple, a citrus medley and a touch of ghost pepper for an elevated take on the daiquiri, while the milky vodka-based “Cereal Notes” is like a warm hug before bed. Find a way to bribe head barman Rajesh Kumar for an extra garnish, trust us. 

40C Harding Rd, Level 3. Tel: 9756-4775

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Dom Perignon x Bulgari

Prestige cuvee champagne and haute joallerie are far from strangers, often united by the beautifully decorated hand that holds the wine glass. So for Bulgari’s iconic snake motif to be found draped across a bottle of Dom Perignon isn’t altogether surprising or unlikely. If anything, the Dom Pérignon x Bvlgari Limited Edition Vintage Rosé 2004 is an indulgent display of just how well fine and fancy things play together, even when they come from vastly different product categories. 

Since Dom Perignon is a champagne house that only releases vintages, the 2004 Rose is a shining example of how a rose wine should be — delicate, fruity and complex — and this time its sparkle is heightened by a Serpenti necklace in rose gold (of course), white diamonds and onyx. The bottle itself is also engraved with a snake scale pattern and emblazoned with a rose gold label. 

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New menu at Astor Bar

Travel is still off the table but a few drinks could help ease the sting of being grounded. The St Regis Singapore’s Astor Bar’s newly revamped menu takes you through five neighbourhoods of the Big Apple — from Lower Manhattan to the West Side — via a series of reimagined classics, and they are bold. We promise the “Calle Catorce” is unlike any gin and tonic you’ve had before as it follows the Spanish style (big and boozy) and uses a gin infused with Manchego cheese. There’s enough diversity and depth in the menu to suit any palate, but mixologist Yvonne Tay’s effervescent personality and skill in the art of cocktail throwing during the bar’s Violet Hour (a 6pm ritual of free complimentary martinis) is just as much a draw. 

29 Tanglin Road, The St. Regis Singapore. Tel: 6506-6859