While in Seoul preparing for a working holiday abroad – a stint at a cosy lounge bar–June had a revelation as she had drinks with her pals.
“I was having fun conversations and passing around delicious cocktails. It felt perfect and I fell in love [with the bar concept]. I decided to put my working holiday on hold and instead started a full-time job at that bar!” says June.
Three years on and the budding psychologist-turned- bartender is in Singapore, helming Court Martial Bar at South Beach by Marriott. The bar is in a former military base and court- martial centre, and the tumultuous pre- and post-war history of Beach Road has been reimagined in June’s drinks – her first signature was a twist on the classic Godfather cocktail.
“I created a rendition called My Old Man by adding an Italian bitter liqueur for refreshing herbal notes, and a hint of cacao and cinnamon smoke for drama, jamming to Court Martial’s mostly R&B and hip-hop playlist as she whips up drinks.
June's Primadonna is for ladies who know how to work hard and play hard
June adds that some of her more recent creations aren’t on the menu. “We always advise customers to ask for ‘June’s special signature cocktails’, or you can try our daily offerings. If all that doesn’t matter to you, come for me!”
Go for: Classics With A Twist
Location: 30 Beach Road
This article first appeared in the December issue.