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5 Bars That Give Old Cocktails a New Twist

By Sophie Pettit 26 March 2015
Tired of ordering the same, tired cocktail? Well we rounded up 5 concoctions that breathe new life into some old standbys. We're sure you'll be singing their praises from your first sip. Bottoms up!


The not-so-Old-Fashioned


You can’t teach an old dog new tricks but you can teach a barman new recipes. Old-Fashioned lover Michal Paulen convinced his good friend and Duddell’s bar manager Marek Vojcarcik to add a modern twist to the New York classic. If you love a sour kick, then a Long Way To Meet Mike might be just your tipple. Along with traditional Bourbon and Oleo-Saccharum, the recipe includes a giant ice cube made from passion fruit and grapefruit meaning each sip gives a different flavour as it melts in your glass. Heavenly!

Long Way To Meet Mike Cost: $138 Where to find it: Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central  


Making a splash

duck Take a bubble bath - in gin! If you fancy a bit of fun with your cocktail, then this frothy delight is bound to put a big grin on your face. Designed by Hong Kong’s award-winning mixologist Antonio Lai, the KGB cocktail features Kyoho grapes martini served in a special tea bubble bath, with gin and fruit juices, complete with edible bubbles and your very own rubber duckie. This best seller is surely every gin lovers' dream. Top scores for origin-ality! KGB Cost: $128 Where to find it: Ground Floor, 48 Wyndham Street, Central  

Feather Boa

Daiquiris to die for

feather boa This quirky little hideaway will transport you to a 1930s Parisian boudoir with its fancy décor and antiques, and serve you the best strawberry daiquiris in town. Presented in a giant glass coated in delicious coca powder, this icy, fresh delight is like feasting on a delicious alcoholic fruit smoothie and a naughty dessert at the same time. Why not sample the whole fruit bowl and try the banana, mango, lychee, and orange flavours too? But be warned, it’s a members’ club, so be sure to either get in there early or go with friends who are members. Strawberry Daiquiri (more flavours available) Cost: $85 Where to find it: 38 Staunton Street, Soho  

The Woods

Shot of soup anyone?

You might not expect to drink spicy Tom Yum soup from a shot glass but for this concept cocktail bar, it makes total sense. Standing by their belief that you should put as much care and attention into making a drink as a chef would into preparing a dish, The Woods is not scared to mix food with drink. Your taste buds are sure tingle after a shot of two of this cheeky shot. The recipe boasts Kaffir lime leaf-infused Tito's vodka, lemongrass syrup, fresh lime juice, and the magic ingredient, Thai birds eye chilli. Come and have a go if you think you're hard enough! Tom Yum Shooter Cost: $70 Where to find it: L/G, 17 Hollywood Road, Central  


Sip it, don’t spray it

highline They may not be able to turn water into wine, but they can turn perfume into cocktails. Swing by this stylish little speakeasy tucked away on Wyndham Street and choose one of four delicious fragrances from British perfumery Penhaligon’s. Watch the magical mixologists transform it into a handcrafted drink bursting with originality and flavour. Featuring gin and vodka and ranging from sweet and floral, to woody and peppery, there’s a tipple to tantalise all tastebuds – and the presentation is fantastic. Who wouldn’t want a cocktail in a tea-cup or crystal bowl? Juniper Sling, Bayolea, Vaara, Lothair Cost: $138 - 158 Where to find it: 50 Wyndham Street, Central With the weekend just around the corner, why not give one of these a whirl?

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Sophie Pettit


Sophie is always on the lookout for a great story and her next big adventure and loves nothing more than discovering the city’s hidden gems—and most delicious cocktails. When she’s not exploring new places, she’s off travelling and ticking countries off her bucket list.