Dining

Shake it up with Singapore's female bartenders: Pan Ying Lee, Nutmeg & Clove

You may not have noticed the quiet revolution, but some of Singapore’s best bars are fronted by women bartenders – one even has an all-female team – and they bring a distinctly amiable and amicable touch to the scene.
 

The bartenders here focus on Singapore flavours and ingredients, and the drinks are divided into four categories: herbs, fruits, spices and flora. Pan’s signature drink, Leo’s Flip, inspired by the festive pineapple tart, was awarded the title of Singapore’s Next Top Cocktail in 2017 at the Singapore Cocktail Festival. 

Nutmeg and Clove's name was inspired by the spice trade that was prevalent in Chinatown

This zesty cocktail is a blend of amaretto liqueur, Wild Turkey American Honey liqueur, rum, egg yolk, fresh pineapple juice and homemade spiced pineapple puree – Chinese New Year in a glass. Pan started bartending while pursuing a diploma in restaurant and culinary operations, and the bartending consumed her life, along with Asia’s Next Top Model, her favourite TV show. Pan says the best time to visit this dark, handsome Cantonese shophouse is on Mondays, when happy hour lasts all night. If you get hungry, the bar has some comfort fusion food such as Crispy Duck Confit sandwiches and Salted Egg Chicken. 

Go for: local flavours

Location: 10 Ann Siang Hill

 

 

 

ALSO READ: SHAKE IT UP WITH SINGAPORE'S FEMALE BARTENDERS: CHRISTYNE LEE, TESS BAR & KITCHEN

This article first appeared in the December issue.

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