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Feelin’ hot, hot, hot? With the weather being so unpredictable lately (we’re not sure how many more of these scorching, melt-your-make up-off days we can take!), it’s understandable to be craving a refreshing bevvy or two to take the edge off. Luckily, there are summery, tropical cocktails a-plenty to choose from here in Singapore – all you need to know is where to look.
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite tasty tipples that are either summer-themed or feature tropical ingredients, and are sure to refresh, relax and revitalise. We can practically feel the sea breeze already.
1. Hemingway Daiquiri at Summerlong
The name of this Eastern Mediterranean riverside restaurant, which boasts a beachside vibe despite being located in Robertson Quay, says it all. Its signature cocktail menu comprises not just one but several summer-appropriate drinks incorporating various kinds of fruits.
We highly recommend the understated Hemingway Daiquiri ($17++), which consists of rum, maraschino and grapefruit – talk about a delicious (and pretty) combination. For your Vit C fix, sip on Oracle’s Elixir ($16++) a gin-based cocktail with orange blossom, lychee and passionfruit.
Summerlong is at 60 Robertson Quay, #01-01, Singapore 238252. Visit www.summerlongsg.com or call 6235 1225 to reserve a table.
2. La vie en Marcel at Merci Marcel
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This French social dining concept, which has outlets at Club Street and Tiong Bahru, will have you feeling the joie de vivre with its range of cocktails which have been designed in collaboration with fine spirit retailer La Maison du Whiskey. One of its signatures, the subtly tart La vie en Marcel ($19++), is a citrusy concoction of handcrafted Fair gin with zingy lime, egg white, refreshing pear nectar and liqueur.
In a word? Yummy.
Merci Marcel is at 56 Eng Hoon Street, #01-68, Singapore 160056, tel: 6224 0113, and 7-9 Club Street, 069403, tel: 6438 3913. Call or e-mail email@example.com to book.
3. Coconut Mojito at Aloha Poke
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Specially created for the opening of its newest outlet at the ubiquitous Jewel complex at Changi Airport, Aloha Poke’s Coconut Mojito ($16++) aims to give drinkers’ “a refreshing taste of the islands”, according to the popular homegrown poke brand. Ingredients including rum, coconut water, milk and mint come together to pack an invigorating tropical punch that will make an unlikely but very much welcome accompaniment to your poke bowl.
The Jewel outlet, along with the one at Amoy Street, also serves up Hawaiian-inspired Tiki cocktails made with tropical liquors such as coconut, spiced and Jamaican rum, if you like having a few more options.
The latest Aloha Poke outlet is at 78 Airport Boulevard, Jewel Changi Airport, #05-200, Singapore 819666. For more information, visit www.alohapoke.com.sg
4. Ola Huli Pau at Ola Beach Club
Photo: Ola Beach Club
Say aloha to your new, chilled-out self as you sip on a tropical Tiki cocktail at this Hawaiian-themed Sentosa beach bar, at which you can lounge the day away in the pool or on a sunbed, or partake in some adrenalin-pumping water-sports. We recommend their oh-so-Instagrammable signature drink, Ola Huli Pau – a delectable thirst-quencher comprising rum, pavan liqueur (a complex liqueur made from muscat grapes and orange blossom), watermelon juice and topped with a sprig of mint.
Don’t blame us if you feel like doing the hula after a couple of these!
Ola Beach Club is at 46 Siloso Beach Walk Sentosa, Singapore 099005. Visit www.olabeachclub.com or call 6250 6978 to book
5. Floral Elixir at Wildseed
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Nestled within farm-to-table restaurant The Summerhouse in Seletar is Wildseed, a charming cafe and bar that will appeal less to the beach bunnies and more to the laidback nature lovers – it even forages its cocktail garnishes from its on-site “edible garden”.
Among the cocktail options on offer is the dainty-looking Floral Elixir ($20++), a refined combination of gin, triple sec, thyme liqueur, elderflower syrup and cranberry juice. Similarly, No. 3 ($16++), a brightly-hued little number made up of gin, pomegranate juice, basil and elderflower liquid, is just the right balance of fruity and floral.
Wildseed Cafe & Bar is at Level 1, 3 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore 798387. Visit www.thesummerhouse.sg/wildseed-cafe-bar/ to book or call 9643 9116.
6. Gin Garden at Don Ho – Social Kitchen & Bar
Photo: Don Ho – Social Kitchen & Bar
As the saying goes: An apple a day keeps the doctor away. And there’s no better way to get your nutrients in than with an elegant cocktail. Take a sip of Gin Garden ($24++), which is made with freshly-squeezed green apple and Hendricks gin. Also on the restaurants fresh-to-death cocktail menu is Don Ho The Great ($22++), a twist on the traditional Whiskey Sour, with added ginger and nutmeg for that irresistible tangy flavour.
Don Ho is at 1 Keong Saik Road, The Working Capitol Building, Singapore 089109. Call 6223 5001 or visit www.don-ho.com to make a reservation.
7. Grown Up Fanta at Panamericana
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You might have heard the rave reviews about this Sentosa establishment with the fab food and even more breathtaking views. Indeed, it’s the perfect spot to unwind from the hustle and bustle of life and just chillax.
The summery cocktail options are aplenty: there’s the cheekily-named Grown Up Fanta ($20++) comprises Aperol, prosecco, lemon, orange and vanilla topped with a sprig of rosemary, which is definitely more potent than our favourite childhood soda. There’s also the Champagne & Absinth Colada, comprising pineapple and dark rum, coconut cream, pineapple, absinth and champagne. Sounds delicious but deadly. Sign us up!
Panamericana is at Sentosa Golf Club, 27 Bukit Manis Road, Singapore 099892. Call 6750 4622 or visit www.panamericana.sg to make a reservation.
8. Baby Daisy at Cook & Tras Social Library
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A newcomer on the cocktail scene since the Six Senses hotel at Maxwell Road opened earlier this year, Cook & Tras Social Library’s head bartender is Ricky Paiva, who formerly headed the team at the award-winning Manhattan bar at the Regent Singapore hotel.
We love the Baby Daisy ($22++), a sweet and tangy beverage featuring gin, rum, grenadine, lemon, vanilla and seltzer. They have also offered up a special Watermelon Crispa ($15++) for the Singapore Cocktail Festival happening May 10 to 18. It’s a refreshing tipple of Citadelle gin, watermelon, shiso and tonic.
Cook & Tras Social Library is at Ground Floor, Six Senses Maxwell, 2 Cook Street, Singapore 078857. Call 6914-1400 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation.