Cocktails: Cigar Old Fashioned

Cigar Old Fashioned

Fashion in cocktails has been around longer than you might think. In the early 19th century, the term "cocktail" referred to a drink containing a spirit, some form of bitters, water and sugar.

Thursday, 13 December, 2012, 9:18am

Cocktail: Johnny's screwdriver

Cocktail: Johnny's screwdriver

One day in 1957, Clark Gable walked into The Bar at The Peninsula hotel, which at the time was located in the lobby, and asked bartender Johnny Chung for a screwdriver.

27 Sep 2012 - 9:45am

Cocktail: Si Sayidh

Cocktail: Si Sayidh

When Habibi Holdings founder Hosni Emam opened the first Habibi Restaurant in 1999 he brought recipes for the cocktails with him as well as for the food. Having worked in various positions in different hotels in the Middle East, he has served a few stretches behind the bar.

23 Aug 2012 - 9:18am

Finding the perfect mix

Award-winning mixologist Aubrey Sim spruces up cocktails at B28, a premium whisky and cocktail bar in the basement of The Club Hotel.

It wasn't long ago that to get a good cocktail in Singapore, you would have to dress in your best club attire and hit the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel for a Singapore Sling.

15 Aug 2012 - 5:41pm

Mango Margarita

Your choice of cocktail says something about you. A dry martini may suggest elegance and sophistication. A frozen fruit margarita implies something altogether more louche.

Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett's classic tequila-sodden hymn to the 'frozen concoction that helps me hang on', captures the essence and attitude of the drink perfectly.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:49pm

French 75

'Too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right,' pronounced F. Scott Fitzgerald, although his preferred cocktail was the gin Rickey.

A heavy drinker for most of his adult life, Fitzgerald is said to have favoured gin because he believed it could not be detected on his breath.

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Margarita Huichol

It must be annoying being a tequila distiller. You wait eight to 12 years for your raw ingredient, the Agave tequilana plant, to grow.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Cavite Cooler

Patrick Natino was studying to become an accountant when he took a couple of part-time bar jobs. He decided he was more interested in agitating shakers than in sorting out spreadsheets, and decided he had found his vocation.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


The term ammo is short for ammunition, and it follows logically that any bar using that name must be a good place to get loaded.

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Mandarine pearl

Local mixologists are competitive. No fewer than 35 from Hong Kong and Macau entered this year's De Kuyper Cup Hong Kong Championship Cocktail Competition, organised by the Hong Kong Bartenders Association recently at The Backyard at the Langham Place Hotel Mong Kok.

31 May 2012 - 12:00am

Latitude 22 degrees

G/F, 40 Staunton Street Tel: 2522 8329

24 May 2012 - 12:00am

Kaffir margarita

Armani Prive's kaffir margarita has a culturally confused background. A Mexican cocktail created by an Italian, its distinguishing feature is the use of the leaves of a plant native to Southeast Asia.

Many people will be familiar with the kaffir lime and its leaves from Thai, Malaysian and Indonesian cuisine, but may not have previously encountered it in a drink.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am

A spirit of adventure

First came the premium vodkas, now come the gold-encrusted super-premium spirits filtered through gems and distilled as many as 14 times. The vodka distillers come in the wake of a long line of spirits makers pursuing Asian money with ever-more premium products.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am



LG/F, 97 Wellington Street, Central. Tel: 2810 6969. So exclusive it's almost secretive, this club's black wooden floors and secluded booths lend themselves to privacy. Recommended: its premium spirits.

Baby Buddha

3 May 2012 - 12:00am


4/F Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38-44 D'Aguilar Street, Central Tel: 2804 6611

12 Apr 2012 - 12:00am