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TOS rounds up the best cocktail drinks in Singapore

First published on 7 Sep 2012. Updated on 20 Dec 2012.

Above: Club Street Social's 3rd

Diplomatico Old Fashioned with mezcal float

Catalunya $25
Mixologist Darlo Nocentini, who previously headed W Barcelona’s Eclipse Bar, re-imagines this classic cocktail by adding a modern flourish –  like two opposing sides at the negotiating table, a lacing of smoky mezcal is juxtaposed with sweet Venezuelan rum. The Fullerton Pavilion, 82 Collyer Quay (6534 3384). Nearest MRT: Raffles Place. Daily 11-2am.

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Negroni

Jigger & Pony $20
This boutique bar shakes up a range of classic and re-interpreted cocktails with stunning, performative precision. While certainly not their most imaginative cocktail, the negroni is beautifully executed and the making of it is fun to watch, as the bartender flambées an orange slice to bring out the flavour. 101 Amoy St (6223 9101). Nearest MRT: Chinatown. Mon-Thu 6pm-1am; Fri, Sat & eve of public holiday 6pm-3am.

For Whom the Bell Tolls

The Cufflink Club $21
Ex-Tippling Club mixologist Joel Fraser’s new bar on Jiak Chuan promises boozy mixes with as much aesthetic flair as flavour. This update on the Hemingway daiquiri – named after the author’s best-known novel – is a blend of dry maraschino liqueur, Banks 5 Island Rum, pink grapefruit juice and hand-pressed lime. A paper plane folded from a page out of the book garnishes each glass. 6 Jiak Chuan Rd (9694 9623). Nearest MRT: Outram Park. Tue-Sat 5pm-1am; Sun 2pm-1am.

Between the Sheets

Nektar $28
Not content with run-of-the-mill terms like bartender or even mixologist, award-winning executive ‘bar chef’ Raveen Misra clearly takes his craft seriously. His challenging Between the Sheets is the drink he personally recommends, with a base of 12-year-old rum and brandy VSOP shaken together with freshly squeezed lemon juice, premium orange liqueur and a touch of sugar syrup. 31 Scotts Rd (6836 9185). Nearest MRT: Orchard. Mon-Fri 5pm-1am; Sat 5pm-2am.

Jamaican Martini

Waku Ghin $20
Unless you’re keen to fork over $325 for its ten-course degustation menu, dining at esteemed Australian Chef Tetsuya Wakada’s outpost is destined to remain a dream. Thankfully, the more affordable cocktails here are just as memorable. The dark, rum-based Jamaican Martini in particular, stirred with ice and sherry, is about as close to perfection as this variation of 007’s favourite cocktail gets. #L2-02 Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave (6688 8507). Nearest MRT: Bayfront. Daily 6-8pm.

Juniper Sling

The Tippling Club $25
With 22-year-old Zac De Git taking the reins from Matthew Bax as head bartender, Tippling Club looks to keep up the tradition of whipping up fancy cocktails served in unexpected vessels. Inspired by the scent of the same name from 250-year-old British perfume house Penhaligon’s, this is a fragrant concoction of Grand Marnier, gin, cassis, cherry bitters, juniper and cinnamon syrup. 8D Dempsey Rd (6475 2217). Take a taxi. Mon-Fri 6pm-late; Sat noon-3pm, 6pm-late.

Adios Nonino

Cut by Wolfgang Puck $26
There’s more to the meat menu at this celebrated steakhouse than its juicy mains. Cut’s handcrafted cocktail – made with burnt orange peel, Amaretto, aperol and a dash of Maker’s Mark – is the restaurant’s bestselling drink. #BI-71 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave (6688 8517). Nearest MRT: Bayfront. Daily 5.30pm-midnight.

3rd

Club Street Social $18
Owner Min Chan doesn’t name her drinks at this spacious Manhattan-style bistro-bar – this one is just the third option on the list of the venue’s seven signature cocktails: a daringly original, sweet yet well-rounded drink containing Yamazaki whisky, madeira, apricot and lime. 5 Gemmill Ln (6225 5043). Nearest MRT: Chinatown. Mon-Thu 9am-10.30pm; Fri-Sat 9am-midnight; Sun 9am-9pm.

EXPERT'S PICK: Min Chan, owner, Club Street Social: ‘The nutty and spicy Ocho reposado and amaro cobbler by Lucas Swallows at Osteria Mozza (#B1-42/46 The Shoppes at MBS, 6688 8522) is one of my favourites.’

By Time Out Singapore editors
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