Exploring the new craft cocktail culture in Singapore (2023)

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​The city-state’s roster of award-winning drinking dens includes stellar hotel bars, sleek speakeasies and reimagined Chinatown shophouses. For a real taste of Singapore’s spirit, there’s no better introduction than its cocktail scene.

ByDelle Chan

Published October 2, 2022

20 min read

This article was adapted from National Geographic Traveller (UK).

It’s almost dinnertime in Singapore and I’m about to polish off an Oyster Omelette. I’m not at one of the city’s celebrated open-air hawker centres tucking into the beloved local dish — a glorious mass of crispy, gooey eggs studded with succulent bivalves — but I’m sitting in a bar, enjoying a cocktail of the same name.

The bright yellow concoction is creamy and delightfully rich in umami — startlingly reminiscent of the dish it pays homage to. As bartender Josh reveals, the cocktail’s base is adistillate of oysters harvested from the waters off Pulau Ubin, a small island north-east of Singapore’s mainland. The drink is topped with miso-cured egg foam, coriander shoots, a smattering of Kampot pepper and adash of Shaoxing rice wine. And it’s served in a cup made from oyster shells, no less.

The oyster omelette is one of many inventive tipples at Native, a laid-back, two-storey bar in Singapore’s Chinatown, where colourful heritage shophouses sit in the shadow of the city’s soaring skyscrapers. Opened in 2016, the bar celebrates local and regional spirits, ingredients and flavours, while producing as little waste as possible (which explains the creative barware). To this end, many of its ingredients are cured, pickled or fermented to extend their shelf life. “In a small place like Singapore, sourcing can be a challenge,” says owner Vijay Mudaliar. “Sometimes we get great produce, so I’m always thinking of ways to extract and lengthen those flavours. And other times we get produce that isn’t as fresh, but can be fermented,” he adds, gesturing to the rows of pickling jars lining the shelves.

This, along with the bar’s composting and upcycling efforts, has effectively created what is practically a zero-waste operation. “The amount of trash the bar throws out every night could fit into the palm of your hand,” says Vivian Pei, a cooking instructor, writer and senior academy chair of the annual World’s 50Best Bars list. She’s one of my guides for the evening, the other being Gan Guoyi, co-founder of the Jigger & Pony group, a local hospitality behemoth. Both women also head up the Singapore Cocktail Bar Association, a nonprofit organisation that promotes the city’s craft cocktail culture.

Native isn’t the only bar in Singapore spotlighting local and regional ingredients. We visit nearby Sago House, another buzzy watering hole in Chinatown. Occupying the top floor of a shophouse near the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple — a majestic red-and-white structure built in the Tang dynasty style in 2007 — it offers a weekly rotating cocktail selection shaped by what’s available in local markets. Scrutinising the menu options scrawled in marker pen across a windowpane, I plump for a highball containing Korean Chuga soju, coconut vodka, citrus and tieguanyin, a Chinese oolong tea widely enjoyed in Singapore. The cocktail is light and smooth with a subtle vanilla undertone, making for easy drinking.

I glance around the small, dimly lit bar, which is, unsurprisingly, a hive of activity on a Saturday evening. It’s what Vivian describes as a “labour of love”: opened during the pandemic, its three co-owners built the interiors almost entirely by hand using upcycled materials, including coffee sacks salvaged from local roasters. The result is a raw, eclectic space enlivened by a colourful cartoon mural and an R&B-heavy soundtrack. “It feels like I’m coming to a friend’s house,” says Vivian. “It’s not shiny, flashy or super swish, but that’s part of the charm.”

After draining our glasses, we step out into the muggy night, threading our way through bustling, lantern-festooned streets and past groups of elderly men playing Chinese chess on the sidewalk. Our final stop this evening is one of Guoyi’s bars, Gibson, housed in a formerhuay kuan(Chinese clan association) building dating back to 1935. Guoyi’s late grandfather was the founding chairman of the Gan Clan cultural association here, and the family legacy lives on through Gibson today.

“For me, it was a natural decision to take on the property. One of the things I love about the building is its heritage, so I wanted to retain its original facade and structure,” says Guoyi, pointing to the beautiful stained-glass windows and antique ceiling. In the same vein, Gibson’s back bar has been tiled with (newer) stained glass, adding to the vintage vibe of the space.

Like Native and Sago House, Gibson sources many of its ingredients from local and regional producers. This ethos shines through in my cocktail of choice, Urban Farmer No. 3, a light, fragrant medley of gin from Singapore-based Brass Lion Distillery and passionfruit marigold, granny smith apples and lime from local urban farm Edible Garden City.

Savouring my tipple, I reflect on just how far Singapore’s craft cocktail scene has come. In the late 2000s, cocktail bars were few and far between, with beer and whisky being the poison of choice for most drinkers. Fast forward 15 years and the city is peppered with world-class venues, many of which are championing local and regional flavours in their craft. As Guoyi puts it, these are places where “you honestly won’t get a bad drink”. I couldn’t agree more.

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A taste of the city

Over the next few days, I hit up yet more bars to find the city further reflected in inventive beverages. First on my list is Nutmeg & Clove, a bright, airy space on Purvis Street known for its Singapore-inspired cocktails.

“When we opened eight years ago, there were a few cocktail bars in Singapore, but they were mainly quite international,” says owner Colin Chia. “I wanted to set up something that we could proudly call a Singaporean cocktail bar.” He tells me that the bar’s menus always have something to do with Singapore. The latest iteration features 10 tipples inspired by atraveller’s account of visiting the city.

Singapore’s infamous chewing-gum ban is overtly referenced in the tongue-in-cheek Can Bubble Gum?, a saccharine, mezcal-based concoction topped with a light candy-flavoured foam. However, the cocktail that catches my fancy is Garden City, which is also Singapore’s nickname. There’s a surprising amount of nature woven into Singapore’s urban fabric, from tree-lined streets and verdant parks, to the Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay and the UNESCO-listed Singapore Botanic Gardens. It’s an abundance of greenery encapsulated in the drink — a light, herbaceous tipple made with gin and Ayuuk (a smoky spirit), and infused with musk melon, lime, shiso and a touch of honey.

The emphasis on place continues at Shangri-La Singapore’s Origin Bar, a swish space decked out in dark wood, gold accents and peacock-blue tones. Here, bartenders shake up creative cocktails inspired by the city’s six key districts. Following bar manager Adam Bursik’s recommendation, I opt for two rum-based creations: ID Please, a refreshing mix of Chalong Bay rum, cacao white, yuzu and lemongrass; and Tropez, a rich, smoky blend of chocolatey Matusalem rum, vermouth and Buddha’s hand (a fingered citron native to Asia). As Adam explains, both cocktails pay homage to the historic Balestier neighbourhood. “Balestier used to be a sugarcane plantation, hence the rum,” he says.

Other offerings on the current menu include the Crystal Moj!to, a contemporary take on the classic cocktail. Instead of muddling mint leaves and lime juice, Adam distils both ingredients to create a clear concoction. It’s an innovative technique that nods to the ultramodern Marina Bay district, which is known for its spaceship-shaped hotel and solar-powered Supertrees vertical gardens.

Over at The Elephant Room, the spotlight is entirely on the vibrant enclave of Little India, where colourful markets are thick with the scent of spices, and street sellers hawk everything from flower garlands to gold jewellery. According to co-founder Yugnes Susela, “everything in The Elephant Room has some sort of reference point to Little India”. For instance, the menus and coasters are embroidered with fabric offcuts from the neighbourhood’s sari shops, and the bar counter is built on russet-hued jaali (ventilation blocks common in Indian architecture). In the same vein, the shelves are lined solely with Indian-made spirits, while ingredients are sourced from Little India’s markets on a weekly basis.

Yugnes wastes no time serving me his bestselling drink, Buffalo Road: gin infused with pink guavas purchased from the eponymous street in Little India. “Gin and tonic was actually born in India, during the colonial era,” he says. “We decided to give it a twist, adding a bit of vetiver [a grass native to India] to give it a woody note.” Next, he offers me a taste of The Mango, a carbonated rendition of mango lassi (a yoghurt-based drink) topped with ginger foam. Yugnes says that mangoes are considered a “celestial fruit” in some Indian cultures, often featuring at important occasions such as weddings.

“Many locals don’t really know very much about Little India beyond the Mustafa Centre [shopping mall], and that’s kind of sad,” says Yugnes. “But when customers exit our door, they learn something new.” Leaving the bar an hour later, replete with yet more culturally inspired cocktails, I can declare that I certainly feel enlightened.

Top 8 creative cocktail bars in Singapore

Best for: Gin galore
This stylish bar is renowned for its opulent art deco interiors and enormous 26ft-tall drinks cabinet, which houses around 1,300 varieties of gin from as far afield as Iceland, Moldova and Argentina. The sheer scale of its encyclopaedic menu can be overwhelming, but you can’t go wrong with one of the classic juniper-based tipples like the Martini — shaken by a spiffily suited mixologist who looks like they’ve stepped straight out of The Great Gatsby.

2.Mr Stork
Best for: Drinks with a view
Perched atop Andaz Singapore, Mr Stork certainly delivers when it comes to spectacular views. Here, you can drink in expansive vistas of the Singapore skyline while sipping on creative cocktails such as the Balinese-inspired Barong — a mix of spiced rum, palm sugar, pineapple, lime and bitters. Book one of the bar’s in-demand teepee huts, which are ensconced among tropical greenery in a nod to how storks build large stick nests in the trees.

Best for: Vegan tipples
The brainchild of Native’s Vijay Mudaliar, this vegan bar was a first for Singapore when it opened in 2021. Sustainability is at its heart, from the tables fashioned out of recycled plastic and mycelium (a type of fungus) to the 100% plant-based menu. Try the refreshing Cactus — a mezcal-based concoction made with prickly pear, pink dragon fruit and aloe vera — which pairs perfectly with dishes such as pumpkin dumplings and celeriac ratatouille.

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4.28 Hongkong Street
Best for: Speakeasy vibes
Also called 28HKS for short, this atmospheric venue is often credited with putting Singapore’s cocktail scene on the map. Like most speakeasies, it’s pretty much hidden from plain sight, tucked behind the unmarked door of a nondescript 1960s shophouse. But once you seek it out, you’ll be rewarded with US comfort food and top-notch tipples such as the Lazy Bear (gin, vermouth, peach liqueur and French herbs), all served to a ’90s hip-hop soundtrack.

5.Jigger & Pony
Best for: A convivial atmosphere
This beloved hangout ranked second on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2021 list, and for good reason. The drinks are superb, and the menu (loosely styled on an issue ofMonoclemagazine, complete with full articles and photoshoots) is perhaps the most creative around. But it’s the ambience that’ll keep you coming back. You’ll find that the atmosphere is relaxed but never raucous, while the friendly bartenders are more than happy to engage in conversation.

Best for: Barrel-aged cocktails
Manhattan isn’t your typical hotel bar. It’s fancy, sure, with lots of leather and dark wood, inspired by the glamour of 1920s New York. However, its drinks menu — ‘a pictorial essay of cocktails’ showcasing famous Manhattanites — is a cut above the rest. Home to the world’s first in-hotel rickhouse (whisky-ageing cellar), the barrel-aged cocktails are a must-try. The Rickhouse Trolley tasting flight includes the Paper Plane (Maker’s Mark 46 bourbon, Amaro Montenegro, Aperol, lemon).

7.Papa Doble
Best for: Literary libations
Formerly The Old Man Singapore (an outpost of the original in Hong Kong), the newly rebranded Papa Doble continues to celebrate the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, who was affectionately known as ‘Papa’ in Cuba, where he lived for some 20 years. Its experimental drinks menu is inspired by the author’s experiences — try the #1927 (Rémy Martin, Madagascar bean vermouth, maraschino and bitters), a bold, robust cocktail that pays homage to the writer’s vivacious second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer.

Best for: Low-alcohol options
Head to this minimalist space for low-alcohol beverages; nothing on the menu is above 11% ABV. Its spritzes focus on ‘the art of dilution’, exploring how melting ice can change the character of a drink over time. Go for the Spicy Pepper 04, which features ripe mango, green cardamom, togarashi salt and black pepper wine. It’s a punchy but light-profile drink you won’t feel guilty downing at noon, when the bar opens.

Q&A with Rusty Cerven, bar manager at Manhattan

How has Singapore's craft cocktail scene evolved recently?
The use of regional craft spirits has grown, with the Philippines, South Korea and even Singapore producing their own gins brimming with tropical botanicals. Local ingredients are now also at the heart of our cocktail culture. With all these ingredients at our fingertips, there’s so much to work with and so many stories to tell.

What's the secret to a great cocktail?
A genuine smile! Anyone can make a good cocktail with some practice, but one that’s made and served with great hospitality will always be impactful and unforgettable.

What are your three favourite bars in Singapore?
No Sleep Club, Republic Bar and Atlas. In that order, you’ll encounter a friendly neighbourhood bar, unparalleled service and hospitality, and jaw-dropping interiors. They’re all so different in their DNA.

Three insider tips for visiting Singapore

1. Bottled cocktails are booming in Singapore, and you can easily get some delivered to your hotel room. Smoke & Mirrors offers a wide range of ready-to-drink libations in three different sizes: 100ml, 250ml and 500ml.

2. Planning to spend an evening bar hopping? It’s best to get around using Grab, the Singapore equivalent of Uber, although you’ll have to contend with price surges during peak periods.

3. Time your trip to coincide with the annual Singapore Cocktail Festival, which is due to be held in late 2022 (dates TBC). Participating bars will shake up themed concoctions, and there’ll also be bar crawls and boozy brunches to look forward to.

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Getting there & around

Singapore Airlines offers nonstop flights from London Heathrow and Manchester. British Airways and Qantas also operate a direct London to Singapore route.

Average flight time: 13h30m.

To get around, you can rely on Singapore’s comprehensive — and extremely clean and comfortable — public transport network, which comprises MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) trains and buses. Alternatively, hail a metered taxi or download the Grab rideshare app.

When to go

Hot, humid Singapore is a fantastic year-round destination, with temperatures consistently hovering between 25C and 33C. Because of the city’s tropical rainforest climate, showers and even thunderstorms are a regular phenomenon, especially in the afternoons, so remember to pack an umbrella.

Where to stay

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, Central Business District. From £248, room only.
The Warehouse Hotel, Robertson Quay. From £171, room only.

More info

Lonely Planet Singapore, £13.99

How to do it

Hayes & Jarvis can personalise a Singapore and Bangkok tour, during which you have three days to explore the Lion City at your leisure before boarding the luxury Eastern & Oriental Express train to Thailand. From £5,199 per person for 10 days in 2022 (prices for 2023 TBC).

Published in the September 2022 issue ofNational Geographic Traveller (UK)

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What is the famous cocktail in Singapore? ›

The Singapore Sling, widely regarded as the national drink, was first created in 1915 by Raffles bartender Ngiam Tong Boon. Primarily a gin-based cocktail, the Singapore Sling also contains pineapple juice, lime juice, curaçao and Bénédictine. Giving it the pretty pink hue are grenadine and cherry liqueur.

How would you describe craft cocktails? ›

A craft cocktail is an upscale version of a classic cocktail that takes more skill, or craft, to make. These drinks feature curated ingredients, go the extra mile with garnishes, and take a few extra minutes to prepare compared to a standard cocktail. They take the art of mixology to a whole new level.

What is the cocktail culture? ›

What is cocktail culture? The Oxford Dictionary defines Cocktail Culture as “a culture or lifestyle in which drinking cocktails, or going to cocktail parties or cocktail bars, is a habitual social activity.”

When did craft cocktails become popular? ›

By the late 2010s, craft cocktails had become mainstream, changing the way nearly everybody drank at bars and at home. The number of microdistilleries and microbreweries reached a level not seen since before Prohibition.

What is the typical drink of Singapore? ›

Singapore: Kopi is a type of traditional highly caffeinated black coffee, sometimes served with milk and/or sugar. This drink has Hainanese roots, many of which migrated south to Singapore during the 19th to 20th centuries.

What is the most consumed beverage in Singapore? ›

Singapore. The national beverage of Singapore is internationally recognised as the Singapore Sling. But the nation isn't knocking back gin cocktails everyday – aside from tea, the most widely consumed beverage in Singapore is kopi (coffee).

Who is the father of craft cocktails? ›

With this new edition, the original gets a delicious update, bringing expertise from Dale DeGroff, the father of craft cocktails, to the modern bar for a new generation of cocktail enthusiasts.

What do you call a craft cocktail maker? ›

A mixologist is an individual with a passion for combining elixirs and creating extraordinary cocktails, whereas a bartender is an individual with a passion for making great drinks and creating well-balanced experiences.

How do you make craft cocktails? ›

The basic formula for creating a cocktail is 2:1:1, says Burian. Add 2 parts alcohol, 1 part sweet, and 1 part sour to a shaker and shake the ingredients over ice. Strain into a glass with ice, then add your garnish. (If you want something a little lighter, check out these low-alcohol cocktail recipes.)

What are the 3 important aspects of a cocktail? ›

Before assembling your tools, there are three elements that make up a cocktail. They are the core (base spirit), the balance (sugar), and seasoning (bitters).

What are the 4 components of a cocktail? ›

The key to delicious cocktails is balance. In early 19th century definitions, cocktails are said to comprise four elements: spirits, sugar, water and bitters. Classic cocktails like the Sazerac, Old Fashioned and Manhattan draw from this essential structure.

What is the basic knowledge about cocktail? ›

  • Sweet flavours: Sugar syrup, liqueurs, fruit juices and cordials.
  • Sour flavours: Citrus fruits like lemons and limes, also passion fruit and green apples in smaller amounts.
  • Bitter flavours: Angostura bitters, vermouths, some flavour notes in aged spirits, tea and espresso coffee.

Why are cocktails becoming more popular? ›

People expect more interesting, unique flavors and they want something new and exciting. This trend has led many people to become interested in other types of drinks, such as cocktails. If you're used to trying new beers all the time, then it's only natural that you would want to explore other drinks as well.

What is the world's first cocktail brand? ›

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What was the first known cocktail? ›

What was the first ever cocktail? Accounts differ, but most experts agree that the first cocktail was the Sazerac, a blend of whisky, absinthe, bitters and sugar. Created in New Orleans in the mid-1800s, this is one of the first cocktails recognisable by name and remains a favourite to this day.

How much is the average cocktail in Singapore? ›

Drinking in Singapore is definitely not cheap. An average price of a pint here is $12 and a cocktail runs between $22 to $30. But that doesn't mean that you can't score a good deal at some of Singapore's top drinking holes. We scour the island for the best happy hour deals so you don't burn a hole in your pocket.

Do people in Singapore drink a lot? ›

Heavy drinking is defined as consuming eight or more drinks per week for women and 15 or more drinks per week for men. Judging from the prevalence of alcohol at most social gatherings and how packed food and beverage establishments selling alcohol are, many people in Singapore drink a lot.

Is drinking common in Singapore? ›

The results showed that in 2021, 2.8 per cent of Singapore residents consumed alcohol regularly, 11.3 per cent frequently, 30.7 per cent occasionally and 55.2 per cent were non-drinkers. More men than women consumed alcohol regularly.

What is the legal drinking age in Singapore? ›

DRINKING SESSIONS 18 is the legal drinking age in Singapore and it may be tempting for some youths to try the intoxicating substance for the first time once they turn 18.

What country invented cocktails? ›

Cocktails are traditionally thought of as an American innovation, but they were actually at least partly inspired by British punches—big bowls of spirits mixed with fruit juice, spices, and other flavors, consumed in punch houses in the 18th century.

Who was the first mixologist? ›

Jeremiah "Jerry" P. Thomas (October 30, 1830 – December 15, 1885) was an American bartender who owned and operated saloons in New York City. Because of his pioneering work in popularizing cocktails across the United States as well, he is considered "the father of American mixology".

Who invented cocktail drink? ›

Who invented the cocktail? It's a topic that has been debated for decades, with evidence pointing at everywhere from London to Mexico. However, many people believe the honour belongs to Jerry Thomas, a New York bartender nicknamed 'The Professor' due to his in-depth knowledge of blending drinks.

What is a high end bartender called? ›

What is a high-end bartender called? The high-end bartender is what is known as a mixologist that is also a bartender. This is a person that understands what is happening when all elements of a cocktail are Merged. The mixologist is like a scientist of the mixing properties of each ingredient used in a cocktail.

Who is a female bartender? ›

a woman who bartends; bartender.

What is the difference between mixology and cocktails? ›

Mixologists study “mixology,” which is a special study of cocktails that often requires specialized knowledge of the molecular properties of various ingredients being added to a cocktail.

What are the 5 methods of making a cocktail? ›

Mixing techniques
  • Measuring. There is a need for accuracy when creating cocktails if you want to achieve balance and consistency. ...
  • Wet Shaking. Cocktails that include fruit juice, citrus, dairy products, syrups or thicker liqueurs (but never anything carbonated!) ...
  • Dry Shaking. ...
  • Stirring. ...
  • Rolling. ...
  • Throwing. ...
  • Build. ...
  • Muddling.

What are the 4 major methods of preparing cocktails? ›

Stirred cocktails, shaken cocktails, muddled cocktails… the variety of cocktail techniques can be quite confusing. The first step in building your cocktail knowledge is knowing when to apply the correct technique. Certain drinks are meant for shaking, while others are meant for stirring, and others muddling.

What are the 5 basic methods of preparing cocktails? ›

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  • Stirring Method.
  • Shaking Method.
  • Blending Method.
  • Layering Method.
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What is the basic cocktail rule? ›

Here's a good guide to one fundamental rule of drink mixing: You need to include a spirit, something bitter, and something sweet to achieve a balanced drink. When you're mixing up a sour cocktail, one useful rule of thumb is to aim for 3 parts spirits, 2 parts bitter, and 1 part sweet.

What are the 6 basic types of cocktails? ›

They are the Old Fashioned, Martini, Daiquiri, Sidecar, Whiskey Highball, and Flip. In each drink, every ingredient falls into at least one category. Core is the primary flavor; balance enhances the core with sweetness, acidity, or both; and seasoning adds another dimension and complements or contrasts with the core.

What are the 6 methods of cocktails? ›

Basic methods for preparing cocktails:
  • Blend — Mix;
  • Shake — Shake;
  • Build — Construct;
  • Stir — Stir.

What are the three different types of cocktails? ›

Bar Basics: Core Cocktail Categories
  • Stirred Cocktails. Stirred cocktails are spirit forward, boozy drinks that typically consist of a base spirit, a sweetener, and modifiers such as bitters, additional spirits, liqueurs, or fortified wines. ...
  • Sours. ...
  • Highballs. ...
  • Flips, Fizzes, Swizzles, and Smashes.

What are the two most important elements when serving cocktails? ›

Factors to Consider When Preparing Cocktails
  • Start With the Basics. ...
  • Alcohol Is the Most Important Ingredient. ...
  • Ice Is the Second Most Important Ingredient. ...
  • Mixers Are Not Necessary, But Nice To Have. ...
  • Keep It Simple. ...
  • Strive For Balance. ...
  • Make It Look Nice. ...
  • Only Shake Cocktails That Have Fruit Juice in Them.
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What is the difference between drink and cocktail? ›

"A mixed drink has a minimum of two ingredients, but once you get to a third ingredient, it's a cocktail," says Keith Meicher, head bartender at Sepia in Chicago, who was behind the stick pouring vodka sodas (a mixed drink) and shaking gin with rhubarb and lime (a cocktail) when I asked him this question.

Why is called a cocktail? ›

In a Mexican tavern, English sailors noticed that mixed drinks were stirred with the root of a plant known as cola de gallo, or in English 'cock's tail': the sailors brought the name to England, and thence to the US. Coquetel was a term for a mixed drink in Bordeaux, which rapidly became 'cocktail' in America.

What is the official definition of cocktail? ›

: a usually iced drink of wine or distilled liquor mixed with flavoring ingredients. : something resembling or suggesting such a drink as being a mixture of often diverse elements or ingredients. a cocktail of remembered incidents and pure imagination Charlotte Low.

What is the number 1 reason why people drink? ›

People drink alcohol for various reasons including relaxation, socializing, escaping problems, etc. For some people, consuming alcohol can lead to alcohol dependence if they drink too often.

What is the hot beverage trend in 2023? ›

Flavorman noted that more beverages in 2023 will include pineapple, mango and grapefruit, with floral elderflower and soothing lavender providing a sophisticated essence and a balanced blend of flavors.

What culture drinks the most? ›

Belarus, a country that drinks the most liters of pure alcohol than any other country in the world, was also classified as having one the riskiest pattern of drinking.

What is America's oldest drink? ›

The Sazerac is considered by many to be America's oldest cocktail! Made with rye whiskey, Peychaud's bitters, absinthe, sugar, and a lemon peel, it's a true classic.

What was America's first cocktail? ›

The famed Sazerac Coffee House was founded in New Orleans in 1850 and soon became known as the home of “America's First Cocktail,” the Sazerac. Using rye whiskey (in place of French brandy), a dash of Peychaud's Bitters, and Herbsaint, what eventually became the official cocktail of New Orleans was created.

What is America's oldest cocktails? ›

Peychaud used Sazerac De Forge et Fils brand of cognac, an Absinthe rinse, sugar, and his house-made bitters. Peychaud called his concoction the Sazerac Cocktail because of the spirit he used and the vessel he served it in. Therefore the Sazerac Cocktail created by Peychaud, is known as the oldest cocktail in America.

What is the dark age of cocktails? ›

1970 to 1990. The Dark Ages of Mixology are a time that bartenders look back upon with mixed feelings.

Who invented the last word cocktail? ›

The Last Word is a Prohibition-era cocktail that got its beginnings in the Detroit Athletic Club's bar in the early 1920s. The drink was served at the bar throughout this period and was spread further afield by vaudeville performer Frank Fogarty – also known as the 'Dublin Minstrel.

What cocktail is Singapore Airline famous for? ›

Singapore Airlines' Singapore Sling

Complimentary for passengers flying in Singapore Airlines' premium cabins, the airline has updated the cocktail from its original Raffles recipe. It swirls together a mix of gin, orange liqueur, orange juice, pineapple juice, and your choice of Champagne.

What is the most iconic cocktail? ›

1. Margarita. As the most ordered cocktail in the world, the classic Margarita has been one of the most popular cocktails in America for years and still remains on top. While there are many variations, the traditional recipe consists of tequila, Triple Sec and lime juice.

What is Singapore national food and drink? ›

Chicken rice

Regularly referred to as Singapore's national dish. The rice is cooked in chicken stock, ensuring a burst of flavour with every bite. Go for the steamed chicken option, served with thick sweet soy sauce, chilli and ginger.

What liquor is from Singapore? ›

Tanglin Gin

Not only is it one of the best alcohol brands in Singapore, but it is also one of the first gin distilleries. Tanglin Gin pays homage to the bustling city by infusing Asian ingredients like vanilla beans, dried stems of dendrobium orchids and Angelica root.

What is the world's most expensive cocktail Singapore? ›

Asia's most expensive drink can be had for a whopping S$32,000 (around $26,000) at a club for the super rich in Singapore, reported Malaysia's Bernama news agency Tuesday. The cocktail, dubbed 'The Jewel of Pangaea', was recently launched at the Pangaea in Singapore, a club that targets the super rich and famous.

What is the best cocktail to make in flight? ›

Grosskopf said that a bloody mary, gin and tonic, Moscow mule, and a mimosa are all “safe bets” on flights. She also noted that a glass of wine can be refreshing if you're not into spirits. These are a few cocktails that are particularly popular with travelers.

What does Aviation cocktail taste like? ›

What does an Aviation cocktail taste like? The Aviation is similar in flavor to a Gin Sour. Lemon juice gives the cocktail the sour flavor, while Maraschino liqueur and simple syrup work to sweeten and balance the drink.

What is the #1 cocktail? ›


What is Singapore's culture? ›

Made up of Chinese, Malay, Indian and various other ethnicities, cultural heritage is what makes Singapore, Singapore — a congregation of different cultures coexisting in one congenial space. Cultural heritage is an important part of a Singaporean's identity.

What is Singapore famous for? ›

Singapore is famous for being a global financial center, being among the most densely populated places in the world, having a world-class city airport with a waterfall, and a Botanic Garden that is a World Heritage Site.

Is Singapore strict on alcohol? ›

Liquor Control Zones

It's illegal to drink alcohol in a public place (besides restaurants, bars and licenced entertainment venues) between 10:30pm and 7am. Geylang and Little India are 'Liquor Control Zones'. Drinking in these areas is banned all weekend, on public holidays and on the eve of public holidays.


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