Author: Charmaine Ng
We know you’re excited for summer, so here’s permission to ring in the sunny skies and warm weather with some booze-filled celebrations. As the temperature heats up, various restaurants and bars around Hong Kong have come up with a roster of new cocktails. From sweet, fruity flavours to coffee-infused creations, here are the best new drinks to sip on this July.
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This summer, Zuma is launching its first-ever bottled highball in collaboration with Japanese distillery Nikka and artisanal local craft mixers brand Carbonation. The limited-edition bottled Zuma Yuzu Highball is a refreshing and fizzy cocktail with a pronounced flavour of Japanese yuzu, rounded out with a kick of Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky and green apple. Meanwhile, the modern izakaya is also offering two new cocktails that combine Japanese flavours with the unique characters of Casamigos tequila. Named Bajiru Smash and Shāpu, the new drinks will be served with a selection of tempura curated by Asia’s corporate executive chef Oscar Luzon de Arcos, available from July 17.
Zuma, Level 5&6 Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 3657 6388
To welcome summer, Black Sheep Restaurants’ Lebanese canteen is bringing back its ‘Frosé All Day’ special. Made from churned frozen rosé wine and fresh raspberry purée, then topped with a sprig of vibrant mint, frosé is available all day by the glass. Guests can take the celebration further and enjoy an exclusive food and drinks pairing on the roof of the restaurant, with two glasses of vibrant frosé alongside a hearty lamb manoushe to share between two. The offer is available on weekends and public holidays from 3-7pm.
Maison Libanaise, 10 Shelley Street, Central, 2111 2284
Travel back in time with Red Sugar’s new cocktail menu ‘Our Little Time’, which showcases a collection of concoctions inspired by the post-war era of Hong Kong. Kerry Hotel’s popular rooftop bar has launched 11 new cocktails, all presenting key elements from the 60s to 80s, specially prepared by mixologist Simon Kong. Highlights include A Golden Age, a reinterpreted Bee’s Knees crafted with Sichuan green pepper-infused gin; and Eau De Red Sugar, an elegant cocktail drawing on the fragrance of Two Girls Perfume, Hong Kong’s first cosmetic brand.
Red Sugar, Level 7, Kerry Hotel, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom, 2252 5281
Known for its exceptional steaks and tapas, Rubia’s relaxed, taberna-style, ground floor bar makes it the perfect place for after-work drinks. Its new two-for-one happy hour features Galician draught beer and cider, new cocktails and a dedicated gin selection to pair with local Spanish cold cuts, cheese and snacks. Don’t miss the restaurant’s new tropical flavours, which includes Longan Potion, made with longan-infused Absolut Vodka and fresh lime juice; and Manzana Acida, a concoction of Lola & Vera, Quenz Hierbas, Estrella Cordial finished off with apple syrup.
Rubia, UG/F and 1/F, C Wisdom Centre, 35-37 Hollywood Road, Central, 2889 1199
Doubleshot by Cupping Room
Perched on Hollywood Road in Central, this much-loved all-day dining establishment has launched a new series of featured cocktails to accompany its signature staples of café-inspired drinks. The new cocktails are intricately constructed and visually stunning, taking inspiration from Asian culture. Notable drinks include Jungle Fever, made with a delicately piped passion fruit foam that brings out tangy and sweet tropical flavours; and West Village Sour, a modern interpretation of a classic whisky sour made of a smooth combination of bourbon, and sweet and sour cherry. Don’t miss Doubleshot’s happy hour on weekdays from 4pm to 7pm, where all cocktails are half price when paid for by 5pm, 40 percent off when paid for by 6pm, and 30 percent off when paid for by 7pm.
Doubleshot by Cupping Room, 1/F, Hilltop Plaza, 49 Hollywood Road, Central, 9225 6639