What to drink this month: new bar menus and spirits to check out
Novel libations to keep you going.
Building on the success of its second menu and its 46th spot on the Asia's 50 Best Bars list, MO Bar is continuing with its story-driven, nomadic-themed menus with Volume Three. Many of the new drinks build on discoveries from the team's virtual guest shifts done earlier last year with some of the best bars in the region, including Bangkok's Vesper and Sidecar in New Delhi. Highlights include Thunder, a refreshing, herbal concoction inspired by the flavours of Hakka thunder tea rice that makes so much sense as a cocktail, we’re surprised that no one thought of this sooner. The drink, as with three others on the menu, comes as a non-alcoholic tipple with the option to make it boozy. We're also huge fans of the Pastel de Ramos. By some culinary wizardry, it puts the toasty, buttery flavours of a croissant into a cognac-based fizz.
India’s whisky culture has dominated the drinking scene long enough to eclipse other spirits. A shame when you think about how the country’s abundance of spices and botanicals should have made it a hotspot for gin much sooner. Nevertheless, distillers like two-year-old Stranger & Sons from Goa have come round to the ingredients growing around them and created a spicy, fragrant gin that contains nutmeg, coriander and mace as well as four types of citrus peels, among others. Only the juniper is sourced outside of India (from Macedonia) as the Himalayan variety didn’t pass muster. There’s citrus on the nose, spice on the palate and sweet liquorice on the finish, so we’d recommend it in any classic gin cocktail. If you’re unsure where to start, pick up a pre-batched cocktail made by 28 Hongkong Street, Neon Pigeon, Tippling Club, The Old Man and Native respectively.
With an interior as surreal as Parkview Square, a trip to Atlas always feels like an escape to a different time and place. More good news: the award-winning bar is doubling down on that theme with La Grande Nation, its new menu. Through beautifully designed menu pages full of maps, postcards and brochures, as well as corresponding audio clips, guests can follow the fictional journey of a magazine correspondent through 1925 Paris while savouring all-new cocktails like the bittersweet yet fruity Pearl Revival and the invigorating Vendome Spritz, which refreshes with citrusy, herbal dryness.
The menu has four chapters, each with one non-alcoholic option that doesn’t trail behind in terms of thought and flavour. Fun fact: the Atlas team has hidden in the menu’s graphics a bunch of Easter eggs paying homage to Parkview Square’s motifs. See if you can find them all.
600 North Bridge Road, Parkview Square. Tel: 6396-4466
Moon Dog Fizzer
The craze for hard seltzer might have died down a little overseas, but this low-calorie, sessionable alcoholic beverage is just gaining traction in Singapore – and not all hard seltzer is created equal. Craft brewery Moon Dog's Fizzer, for example, features a brewed malt base that is filtered and flavoured with natural fruits and a small amount of monkfruit extract. The result is a hard seltzer that has plenty of flavour and body – but none of the associated calories. Comes in juicy, candy-like flavours including Strawberries & Cream, and pineapple-lime.
Some might frown upon the usage of high-quality spirits in cocktails for fear of masking the former's flavours, but a well-crafted drink can do wonders to highlight or complement its base alcohol. To prove this, Bacardi has collaborated with some of the best bars in Singapore – including MO Bar at the Mandarin Oriental, Miss Fitz, and Tippling Club – to offer bespoke cocktails based on the brand's portfolio, which includes the cold-distilled Oxley Gin, Bacardi 10, and a variety of single-malt Scotches like Aultmore 12. The best part? The cocktails are all complimentary. Every purchase of selected bottles from Bacardi's range comes with a voucher for two customised cocktails from a bar of choice.