On The Menu This Week: Okinawa flavours, duty-free, German spirits and spirit refill kiosk
Photo: Kim Choong

On The Menu This Week: Okinawa flavours, duty-free, German spirits and spirit refill kiosk

Top photo: (From left) Peranakan Old Fashioned, Hoto Matua and Plantation 1840

Experience untold history of Austronesia

16 cocktails developed in a collective effort by the team led by Bar Manager Edriane Lim brings drinkers through a trans-Pacific journey through an untold history of the region. Rum enthusiasts are up for a treat as the bar menu offers one of Singapore’s most extensive rum selections, which is also reflected in their cocktails. The Peranakan Old Fashioned (S$22) features Mount Gay XO Rum with flavours accentuated by gula melaka, pandan, cinnamon and nutmeg; Hoto Matua 1000 (S$25) has vanilla and tropical flavours balanced with amaro and bitters, then heightened by sparkling wine. A must-try is Plantation 1840 (S$24), a riff of rum classic Jungle Bird. The use of Black Tears Cuban Spiced Rum and clever adaptation of a sweet vermouth to tame the usual bitter agent in the classic had us wanting for more.

The Bar at 15 Stamford [Map] - Floor 1, The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, 15 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178906. Opens daily 4pm – 12am.

Happy Hour S$1 sashimi and 1-for-1 cocktails

Cocktails Happy Hour at Chura Sushi Bar

Top photo: (From left) Chura Sling and Saketini

On top of presenting pretty looking Okinawa dishes such as gold flakes topped sushi, sashimi and maki offerings, is a list of equally instagrammable tipples in Chura Sushi Bar’s revamped menu. The Chura Sling (S$18) uses vodka instead of gin like in the classic version, and is peach fruity with a fairy purple hue from butterfly pea. For a boozy pairing, go for the Saketini (S$18) mixed with gin, sake and vermouth. The new Happy Hour Specials offers $1 per slice sashimi of the day, $3 bar bites, 1-for-1 cocktails, $65 for sake bottle of the month and $9 full pint Asahi draft beer. Perfect for after-work catch up.

Chura Sushi Bar [Map] – 3 Temasek Boulevard #B1-122A, Mall, Tower 5 Suntec City, Singapore 038983. Opens daily 11am to 10pm, closed 4pm-5pm. Happy Hour every Sunday to Thursday, 5pm onwards.

Whisky on the move

Glenfiddich The Perpetual Collection at Changi1st T1

Glenfiddich is making their first stop for the launch of their brand new global travel retail collection at Changi T1. Using their signature Solera Vat process, the Glenfiddich Perpetual Collection comprises of four expressions retailing from S$80 at Singapore Changi Airport Lotte Duty Free shops and on iShopChangi. Each whisky is derived from the same never emptied vat process with characters unique to their own design. VAT 01 (ABV 40%) has been matured in bourbon and red wine casks; VAT 02 (ABV 43%) is a marriage of whiskies matured in oak and Spanish sherry casks; VAT 03 (ABV 50.2% - non-chill filtered) is aged for 15 years in both European oak sherry and ex-bourbon casks; and VAT 04 (ABV 47.8% - non-chill filtered) has spent 18 years in in Oloroso sherry and bourbon casks whilst continuing its transformation after marriage in the VAT.

The Changi1st [Map] pop-up is open from 27 September to 5 November 2022 from 6am to 1am.

Discover Alpine spirits

Spirits sampler at Brotzeit Singapore
Spirits taster at Brotzeit outlets

The popularity of German whiskies is on the rise, and it is said that there are twice as many whiskey distilleries in Germany as Scotland. That said, Germany (and Austria) has had long history of making beers with grains and schnapps (fruit brandy) for centuries, and the Black Forest is an institution for distillers around the world. Brotzeit imports whiskies and other spirits from award-winning distilleries in the Alpine region like SLYRS Bavarian Whisky Distillery, WILD Distillery, Freihof 1885, and Gebhard Hämmerle. Diners can now personalise a spirit tasting board that comprises of 4 drams with savoury bites by Chef Lorenz Raich. Some notable expressions to try are SLYRS Single Malt Whisky Rum Cask Finish 46% (from $15/ 0.2cl), Freihof 1885 Obstler 38% (from $10/ 0.2cl) and Gebhard Hämmerle Grafenstein Wild Plum 42% (from $17/0.2cl) to name a few.

The Alpine Spirits Sampler ($45) is available at all Brotzeit Singapore outlets.

Refill craft spirits sustainably

ecpSPIRITS SmartKiosk
Fill a bottle, plant a tree

Proof & Company has rolled out the first SmartKiosk technology in CS Fresh, Tanglin Mall Singapore. The patent-pending technology for ecoSPIRITS now lets consumers refill craft spirits into bottles with an intelligent pouring system recognised through RFID. Each refilling is said to eliminate an average 550g of carbon emission and more than 700g of single-use packaging waste, while consumers save 20% on the purchase price. Craft spirits currently available are Brass Lion, Tried & True Straight Wheat Vodka, Widges Gin, Mackintosh Blended Malt Scotch Whisky and Los Arcos Destilado de Agave.

CS Fresh Gold Tanglin [Map] - Floor B1 Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247933. Opens daily 9am – 10pm.

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