Created by 8½’s bar manager, Devender Kuma, The Optimist cocktail was the combo Kuma took with him to Sydney in 2015 when he represented Hong Kong in the Barcadi Legacy cocktail competition. A combination of Bacardi, lime juice, honey water and ginger, finished with a spray of yellow Chartreuse, The Optimist is as smooth and satisfying as it is fragrant.
Hong Kong’s bar scene continues to go from strength to strength. There are an increasing number of top drawer craft beer joints and a wide array of great cocktails bars. But even if you know the best or newest spots to visit, it’s not always obvious what you ought to order. So let us help. From modified old fashioneds to tweaked Tom Collins, here are Hong Kong’s best cocktails and where to get them.