With Singapore Cocktail Week just around the corner - not that you ever needed an excuse for a drink (or ten) anyway - here are our top picks for uniquely Singaporean cocktails that'll put even the renowned Singapore Sling to shame.
1. Kaya Toast cocktail from Bitters and Love
Bitters and Love transforms this local breakfast classic into a cocktail, incorporating kaya (coconut jam) into the cocktail with english breakfast tea, rum, peach liqueur, honey, fresh lemon juice, and egg white, yielding a refreshing yet titillatingly sweet concoction.
Bitters and Love
118 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068587
2. Pi Pa Gao cocktail from Ding Dong
Pi Pa Gao is a a chinese herbal cough syrup. Minty, smooth, and soothing. Add that to whisky, aged rum, calamansi, and bitters, and you get an edgy and arguably healthy cocktail.
23 Ann Siang Rd, Singapore 069703
3. Bandung shots from Hopscotch
Shots, shots, shots, shots! I'm talking Bandung (rose syrup sweetened with condensed milk) shots.
28 Maxwell Rd, #01-04 Red Dot Traffic Building, Singapore 069120
4. Mr. Bean from Jekyll and Hyde
If you've never tried Lao Ban soya beancurd (they've got stalls islandwide; the original one is sat at Old Airport Food Centre), try it! Silky smooth and mouth-wateringly sweet. Then, try Jekyll and Hyde's Mr Bean, a cocktail made with said dessert, kaya, butterscotch, frangelico, and vodka.
Jekyll and Hyde
49 Tras St, Singapore 078988
By Pinky Chng, March 2016
Image: Bitters and Love