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RELIGHT MY FIRE

18 Aug 2018 By David Fuhrmann-Lim

Your Favourite Bars Have Revamped Their Cocktail Programs. Time to Revisit. Again.

It’s not uncommon for bars to revamp their cocktail menus now and then. Like your music taste, everything in life needs a little redo occasionally (you’re still on Atlanta trap? How very ’17.) Sometimes all it needs is the addition of a few new signatures to drum up some buzz (keep the favourites, always keep the favs). Sometime you go whole hog and give it an overhaul. As long as it keeps the punters talking and tipping. These are some of our favourite recent do-overs.

 

GIBSON

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Gibson’s redux is a menu of cocktails centered on Asian ingredients. If you’re thinking “groan, not that kalamansi claptrap again”, you couldn’t be further off. This is a strikingly fresh take of 17 cocktails filed under Classics, Southeast Asia and Japan-inspired.

The menu has watercolour illustrations of the cocktails, and it comes in a square format, because Instagram. It’s also meant to look like a journal, and evoke notions of travel – the regional flavours certainly does transport you.

[It’s been three years, this was our original Gibson review ]

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All cocktails are $23.

I’ll save myself the need to highlight some of my favs by admitting that almost every new cocktail here is a winner. It’s a rarity to see this happen, but care and calculation has gone into this refresh. And where Gibson used to give off an atas and slightly expensive vibe, the friendly price ($23 each cocktail ) will do much to bring in new punters.

Okay fine, definitely order the Super Cassis Boulevardier. And Mango PX. And Buddha’s Mule. Happy?

Gibson, Level 2, 20 Bukit Pasoh Road. Tel: 9114-8385.

 

MAGNOLIA

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Pocket bar Junior presents Magnolia, a 180 from their previous Mexican spirits enclave. Magnolia celebrates the authentic craft of New Orleans cocktail culture, Creole cuisines and cool as music heritage. So basically, no more mezcals and raicillas, it’s so six months ago. The cocktail menu here is divided into four unique sections; Friskin’ the Whiskers Lickin’ The Chops, Let The Good Times Roll, Playin’ the Hits Blowin’ Changes, and The Second Line.

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All cocktails are $25.

Each section celebrates a style of cocktail. Friskin’ the Whiskers Lickin’ the Chops celebrates midday pick-me-ups like Ramos Gin Fizz. If you’re in town for something richer, then look to Let The Good Times Roll, and get a Grasshopper. 

Playin’ the Hits Blowin’ Changes are modern takes on classics. The Truffled Sazerac (above, the city’s official cocktail) is a 50/50 style Sazerac, blending Pierre Ferrand Chestnut Barrel Brandy and Willett three-year Rye. House originals come under The Second Line, something like The Baron: Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum, coffee and Averna amaro, served alongside a small shot of Plantation 18-Year-Old Haitian Rum.As they say in N’orleans, if it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.

[Junior plans to revamp their concepts every six months. So get moving before it’s g-g-g-gone.]

43 Tanjong Pagar Road. Entrance in the alley on Cook Street. Tel: +65 8121-1462.

Mon – Sat, 7pm – MN.

‘like’ illustration by Turkkub from the Noun Project.