Around The World In 8 Cocktails With Raffles Singapore
It's no secret that we love drinking in hotels here at HotelChatter. In fact, hotels might be our favorite "local" bar. So all this week, we'll be pouring out some drinks for you during our first-ever Hotel Cocktail Week. All this week, we'll be posting specialty drinks, booze trends, mixology tips and most importantly, drinks recipes so you can recreate your favorite hotel drink at home. Everyone will be getting tipsy this week! But don't forget to tip your bartenders, in this case, us.
Raffles Singapore, the place where the famed Singapore Sling was created, has launched a cocktail menu designed to take you around the world while you still remain seated and sipping in their Long Bar, god bless ‘em.
Resident mixologist, Randolph Velasco, has come up with eight spiritus drinks inspired by a Raffles hotel destination, so come join us as we embark on our virtual journey through time and space. First stop? Seychelles.
The Seychelles conjures images of an island paradise with deep blue skies, sultry breezes and emerald seas. No surprise, then, that the Raffles Seychelles cocktail is an emerald green beauty created by combining Smirnoff Vodka with melon-flavored Midori and tangy Apple Sourz, then topped off with apple juice. Garnished with slices of star fruit and a lemon wedge, this is a sipper meant to be sipped in a rattan chair with one of those tropical ceiling fans swooshing slowly overhead.
Next, we go to Raffles Cambodia –- specifically, Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor. Using the Kingdom’s national fruit, the five finger banana (who knew?), this golden concoction consists of rum, banana and pineapple juice, but it’s the finishing touch of zesty kaffir and fresh, green pandan leaves (a herbaceous tropical plant) that gives this drink its aromatic and mysterious character.
The Raffles Philippines takes you to the newly-opened Raffles Makati in the heart of Manila’s financial district. A mix of Bacardi rum, juicy mango and pineapple are enhanced by a mere suggestion of basil and the tart, citrus flavor of calamansi, a wee fruit that bears a resemblance to a lime but is about the size of a kumquat. Calamansi is supposed to have some health benefits, so drink up.
Raffles Istanbul anticipates the opening of Raffles Istanbul Zorlu Center in late 2013 (no date as of yet) with a cocktail that evokes the complex flavors of Turkish coffee. Rich Kahlua is layered with potent Pisco, fresh lime juice and anise to create a boozy drink not quite appropriate for the morning but it does kinda taste like coffee, so we’ll leave it up to you. (Recipe below!)
As a homage to le chic Le Royal Monceau in Paris, Raffles France blends Smirnoff Vodka with the truly tasty black raspberry flavor of Chambord. Hints of grape, orange and lemon give this cocktail a fruity finish and a dash of je ne sais quoi.
The non-alcoholic (because life can’t always be a party) Raffles United Arab Emirates in honor of Raffles Dubai is still opulently delicious. The sweet, rich flavor of dates is balanced by the fresh flavor of green mint giving this naturally sweet cocktail a fresh, minty-good finish.
Raffles Indonesia heralds the opening of Raffles Jakarta in 2014 in the central business district within Ciputra World Jakarta, a new development comprising a premium shopping mall, office buildings and an art gallery. With warm notes of Bacardi, balanced with coconut cream and tart lime juice, this drink simply shouts “You’re in the tropics! Get thee to a pool!”
Last on our journey is Raffles China: a cocktail representing not only the century-old Raffles Beijing located in the Forbidden City, but also the new Raffles Hainan, set to open (breaking news alert!) September 1 on Hainan Island in the South China Sea. Black Label whisky and Hua Diao Jiu, a Chinese rice wine, are offset by that zesty calamansi and palm sugar.
And this brings us back full circle to that Singapore Sling created at the Raffles Singapore, because the alchemist bartender who created it in 1915, Mr. Ngiam Tong Boon, was born and bred in Hainan.
We'll leave you with the recipe for the Raffles Turkey cocktail in case you can't manage to get to Raffles Singapore yourself.
- 2 T Pisco
- 1 T Kahlua
- 4 t Lime Juice
- 1 pc Star Anise
Pour the Kahlua into the bottom of a Collins glass. Mix all remaining ingredients together, shake well, strain and pour over crushed ice in the glass to serve.
We found a "World and You" rate at Raffles Singapore for around $496 per night in a Courtyard Suite.
[Photos: Raffles Hotels & Resorts]