Let’s be honest, for people who aren’t exactly the fiercest of patriots, we are surprisingly crazy for any food/beverage that has local twists to them. With Salted Egg Yolk hogging the spotlight for the past couple of weeks, we’d like to take the chance to introduce the cocktail equivalent of the McDonald’s Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Burger.
Kidding. Had you for a second there, didn’t we?
Seriously, though, you never know if a Salted Egg Yolk cocktail is coming our way. In the meantime, we did some prowling in our bar scene. Guess what? We came across several locally inspired drinks, Singaporean cocktails specifically, whose weirdness rivals that of the imaginary Salted Egg Yolk’s.
Unusual yet delicious, we present you seven whacky and uniquely Singaporean cocktails you need to try.
1. Stylo Milo
Straight from the Kopitiam is Stylo Milo, Ding Dong’s playful take on our favourite childhood drink. More than just freshly brewed Milo and condensed milk, Stylo Milo also features a dash of Hakushu Distillers Reserve’s whisky and green chartreuse. This guys, is how you drink Milo peng in style.
Address: 115 Amoy Street #01-02, S069935
Contact: 6557 0189
Opening hours: Mon to Fri, 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 12am; Sat, 6pm – 12am
2. Kaya Toast Cocktail
Need some toast to go with your Milo? Fret not, Bitters and Love’s Kaya Toast Cocktail will have you covered. A blend of Mount Gay rum, Earl Grey tea, lemon juice, honey and kaya, this sweet and refreshing cocktail may just be your next dessert cocktail. For those who aren’t fans of coconut, however, it may be wise to give this tropical drink a miss.
Bitters and Love
Address: 118 Telok Ayer Street S068587
Contact: 6438 1836
Opening hours: Mon to Thu, 6pm – 12am; Fri to Sat, 6pm – 2am
3. Mr. Bean
A modern take on tao huey, this beancurd cocktail is a signature drink from Jekyll & Hyde that consists of butterscotch liqeuer, kaya, frangelico, vodka and of course, beancurd. Yes, there is actual tao huey in it. Not just some chapalang beancurd, but the renowned Lao Ban beancurd is what is used for this concoction. This is a creamy, sweet and hazelnutty drink that we think is great on its own.
Jekyll & Hyde
Address: 49 Tras Street S078988
Contact: 6222 3349
4. Prawn Noodle Cocktail
It’s not enough that Kuvo serves its own rendition of the traditional Prawn Noodle Soup. It serves also the Prawn Noodle Cocktail! Comprising of the ingredients you’ll find in your everyday Prawn Noodle Soup, be warned that this unorthodox concoction may be a little too exotic for some.
Address: 321 Orchard Road, #02-01 S238866
Contact: 6733 8272
Opening hours: Mon to Thu, 12pm – 1am; Fri & Sat, 12pm – 2am; Sun 12pm – 1am
5. Laksa Cocktail
A frothy beverage made of laksa leaves, coriander, ginger, chilli, lime juice, egg white and rum, the Laksa Cocktail by Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall is a cocktail with a kick. Slightly creamy, this distinctly aromatic blend is a pretty good Singaporean cocktail rendition of the traditional laksa. On a side note, how old school is the name Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall?
Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall
Address: 60A Boat Quay, S049848
Contact: 6535 0838
Opening hours: Mon to Thu, 6pm – 12am; Fri & Sat, 6pm – 3am
6. Chicken Rice Cocktail
Served in a traditional teacup of sorts, the Chicken Rice Cocktail from The Horse’s Mouth is also served with a side of cucumber slices. Seriously, how more chicken rice-y can you get? Comprising of mezcal (distilled alcohol), lemongrass syrup, and chilli foam, this unique drink is essentially chicken rice in a cup.
The Horse’s Mouth
Address: 583 Orchard Road #B1-39, S238884
Contact: 6235 1088
Opening hours: Mon to Thu, 6pm – 12am; Fri & Sat, 6pm – 1am
7. Nonya Crack
A concoction similar to Baileys, Hopscotch’s Nonya Crack is a Singaporean cocktail of batida de coco, pandan, milk, pink salt and rum. This is another Singaporean cocktail we’d recommend as a dessert cocktail.
8. Liang Teh
Feeling a little heaty from the laksa and chicken rice? Maison Ikkoku presents to you the Liang Teh. A mixture of chrysanthemum, luo han guo, xia gu chao, red dates, ginseng and white spirits, traditional herbal tea has just gotten better. If only our ah ma had thought of this.
Address: 20 Kandahar Street, S198885
Contact: 6294 0078
Opening hours: Sun to Thu, 6pm – 1am; Fri & Sat, 6pm – 2am
With these eight cocktails, there really is no better time to let your Singaporean-ness shine. So unleash your inner alcoholic patriot and get started on these whacky Singaporean cocktails!
(Header image by Weekender, words by editor)