Best Sips is a glance again on essentially the most unbelievable drinks — alcoholic or in any other case — we had prior to now week. Those which renewed our love for established venues; caught our consideration at a brand new opening, or freshly impressed upon us the creativity and talent of Hong Kong’s gifted bartenders and mixologists alike. From tipples at charming dive bars to award-winning apéritifs at five-star institutions, these are the perfect drinks to strive in Hong Kong; the drinks we’d advocate you make a particular journey for.
The finest drinks we sipped on and savoured this week:
The drink: Cleared Grasshopper (HK$120)
I’m not likely a candy particular person — in disposition or predilection — however I’ve all the time had a particular place in my coronary heart for the Grasshopper. First and foremost, does any cocktail have a cooler title? Born in my favorite American metropolis, New Orleans, the minty libation is a stunner to have a look at and a delight to sip after-hours. Penicillin’s new menu pays homage to the mixologist-favourite Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, placing the bar’s signature eco-friendly twist on some outdated classics — making this Cleared Grasshopper double-green, in a method. Garnished with white chocolate nibs, it’s a finest chunk and a finest sip on the similar dang time. — Nathan Erickson, Editor-in-Chief
Penicillin, Amber Lodge, L/G, 23 Hollywood Rd, Central, +852 9880 7995
The drink: Celery Soda (HK$50)
Get your greens, children. In the spirit of having fun with drinks with a stalk of celery submerged inside it on Saturday mornings, Mendel’s Celery Soda (shock!) changed precisely one serving of my Bloody Mary consumption this week — and it was substitute I’d be comfortable to welcome again, any day. It’s a candy sip, powered by lemon zest, kosher salt, seltzer and, after all, celery stalk and seeds. If you’re not likely a celery particular person, this drink is for you, too. Because except you’re chomping down on the stalk, the celery kick is extra a whisper on the finish of a sip than something explicitly herbaceous. It’s only a good, refreshing, summertime drink that may be boozed up with a shot of one thing stronger on the bar. Just ask! — Joey Wong, Editor
Mendel’s Delicatessen, 66 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
The drink: Campania (HK$148)
Finally! After two full months of tea, espresso, chocolate milk and something remotely “interesting” I can scavenge from my kitchen pantry, I’ve lastly reunited with my one real love: Aperol Spritz. Call it a untimely summertime feeling or the disadvantaged eager for a large glass of completely chilled, deliciously fizzy sundown orange, however you’re not going to go to the Southern Italian coast (learn: Osteria Marzia) with out an equally sunny drink, are you?
Now, this grand reunion with Aperol ought to be set for one thing apart from the everyday, crystal clear Aperol-Prosecco combine. It ought to be particular; one thing to recollect! At Osteria Marzia, you’ll uncover the Campania, a jazzed-up model of the traditional recipe you’re actually going to return again for with added apricot (even higher with the wafer slices garnished excessive!) for a barely cloudy, coral concoction. It’s adopted by a well-recognized bitterness of Aperol and a lightweight effervescent fizz of Prosecco. An arms-wide-open welcome again. It received’t be my final — however you already knew that. — Lorria Sahmet, Editor
Osteria Marzia, G/F, The Fleming, 41 Fleming Road, Wan Chai, +852 3607 2253