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Shaken and Stirred

Shaken and Stirred
February 17, 2017 Jackie Teo

Cocktails. We all love them. And when it comes to cocktails, there’s probably no event bigger than the Singapore Cocktail Festival 2017.

The event will be held in mid-March and it’ll boast a plethora of bartending talents and some of Asia’s best bars.  The usual suspects will be there – 28 HongKong Street, Employees Only, Jigger & Pony and Nutmeg and Clove, to name just a few.

Head bartenders from the region will be here too; ABV in Manila, Alice in Seoul, Bar Benfiddich in Tokyo, Omakase + Appreciate in Kuala Lumpur, Q&A in Bangkok, The Pontiac in Hong Kong and Woo Taipei in Taipei.

In the interest of the majority of you (who are probably whisky drinkers), Cask & Drams, with the help of the organisers, picked out a list of whisky-based cocktails to try during the Singapore Cocktail Festival 2017. Pretty much like whiskies, these cocktails are curiously complex and very delicious.

All images from The Third Eye Photography (the-third-eye.com)

De Novo (pictured above)
Get it at: Bar and Billiard Room
Price: $14++
Ingredients: Glenmorangie Whisky, Apricot Liqueur, Dry Vermouth, Peach Bitters, Mascarpone And
Star Anise Foam

The Bar & Billiard Room at Raffles Hotel Singapore presents three bespoke cocktails specially for the 2017 Singapore Cocktail Festival. Inspired by the brand’s constant evolution to remain distinctive and relevant, their bartenders have imbued these concoctions with bold flavours and innovative blends. Depicting their philosophy is the De Novo. This Glenmorangie whisky-based cocktail has star anise and mascarpone cheese. Wow.

Mrs. Rita
Get it at:
Jigger & Pony
Price: $22++
Ingredients: Chamomile-Infused Jameson Whiskey, Fino Sherry, Dry Orange Curacao, Lemon

In conjunction with its fifth anniversary, Jigger & Pony presents a selection of cocktails that defined its pioneering years. From the Airmail (2012), prepared with Havana Club 3YO Rum, orange blossom honey, lime, and sparkling wine; to the Mrs. Rita (2014). The base, chamomile-infused Jameson Whiskey, sounds really interesting from a flavour perspective. Fino sherry, dry orange curacao, and lemon make up the rest of the cocktail.

Scottish Tablet
Get it at:
 Kuvo Cocktail
Price: $20++
Ingredients: Bruichladdich Whisky, Bacherovka Liqueur, Salted Caramel Sauce, Black Walnuts Bitter, Condensed Milk, Egg Yolk

KUVO presents six signature cocktails that include the Scottish Tablet, a unique cocktail that features Bruichladdich Whisky and Bacherovka Liqueur, along with other ingredients more associated with cakes such as Salted caramel sauce, Condensed milk, and Egg yolk.  It is garnished with caramelised walnut, nutmeg powder, and dry rose.

On the Road (pictured on top)
Get it at: La Maison du Whisky
Price: $20+
Ingredients: Kavalan Sherry Cask 57% (LMDW Exclusive 10th Anniversary SG – Taiwan), Old Pulteney 17 Year Old – Scotland, Equipo Navazos Oloroso Sherry – Spain, Agave Nectar – Mexico, BOB’s Abbott’s Bitters – England

Definitely the most whisky of the whisky-based cocktails in this list, La Maison du Whisky takes you on a flavourful journey around the world with On the Road. The cocktail is prepared with Kavalan Sherry Cask 57% LMDW Exclusive 10th Anniversary SG from Taiwan, Old Pulteney 17 Year old from Scotland, Equipo Navazos Oloroso Sherry from Spain, Agave Nectar from Mexico and BOB’s Abbott’s Bitters from England.

Smoky Essence
Get it at: Mitzo Restaurant & Bar
Price: $14++
Ingredients: Thyme & Goji Berry Infused Redemption Rye Whiskey, Sloe Gin, Lemon Juice, Lapsang Souchong Syrup, Prosecco Sparkling Wine, Truffle Bitter, Hickory Wood Chips Smoke

Select from a list of six Singapore Cocktail Festival signature creations at Mitzo Restaurant & Bar. The Smoky Essence features Thyme & Goji Berry Infused Redemption Rye Whiskey, Sloe Gin, Lemon Juice, Lapsang Souchong Syrup, Prosecco Sparkling Wine, Truffle Bitter. The Hickory Wood Chips Smoke that comes served with it probably helped gave this cocktail its name.

Rainmaker (pictured above)
Get it at: Smoke & Mirrors
Price: $18++
Ingredients:
Monkey Shoulder Whiskey, Salted Raisin-infused Vermouth

Speaking of smoke, rooftop bar Smoke & Mirrors will be shaking up three concoctions for Singapore Cocktail Festival 2017. The festival exclusive Rainmaker is prepared with Monkey Shoulder whisky, salted raisin-infused vermouth and spruced up with a traditional Indian cracker papadum garnish.

Pop My Cherry (pictured above)
Get it at: The Wall
Price: $16++
Ingredients: Famous Grouse The Tiger’s Eye Scotch Whisky, Mozart Dark Chocolate Liqueur, Fee Brothers Chocolate Bitters, Fresh Wild Cherries, Egg White, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup.

The Wall will be featuring three whisky based cocktails as part of Singapore Cocktail Festival 2017. Signature creations such as Pop My Cherry will be prepared using The Naked Grouse Tiger’s Eye Whisky, which is exclusively available at The Wall. A sip of this cocktail will certainly bring out your inner Rocky, because eye of the tiger.

The #SGCF Festival Village is located on 99 Beach Road and open on 16 and 17 March 2017 (Thursday and Friday) from 4pm to 10pm, and 18 and 19 March 2017 (Saturday and Sunday) from 12noon to 10pm. Entry to the village is free and all cocktails will be retailed at $12 nett.

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