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New cocktails to try in Hong Kong this winter

Here's where to expand your drinking horizons for the season

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Tatum Ancheta
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If you're planning to head out in the city for some drinks this season, here's a roundup of places and events you should mark on your calendars. From cocktail pairing dinners, new cocktail menus, seasonal drink offerings, and festive cocktails, the winter season offers a lot of avenues for you to quench your thirst. 

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Central

Caprice Bar takes advantage of the freshest ingredients available for autumn and winter with the update of their Saisons cocktail menu. Curated by Caprice Bar's beverage manager Lorenzo Antinori, the menu highlights seven seasonal produce – pear, fig leaf, celeriac, clementine, pomegranate, raisin, and chestnut – that perfectly pairs with snacks from the restaurant. Time Out favourites from the menu are the gimlet-style Celeriac made with homemade celery cordial, Manhattan and Negroni inspired Raisin made with golden raisin infused Reposado Tequila, and the Old Fashioned riff Chestnut made with roasted chestnut infused bourbon and bitters. Saisons menu changes every four months and the autumn/winter selection will be available from now until January 2021, so be sure to catch these exceptional cocktails before season change. 

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Central

If you haven't tasted cocktails with CBD in it, now is your chance to sample these delightful concoctions. Starting this month, Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge is adding CBD-laced drinks ($160/order) on their menu containing 30ml of Life CBD isolate, a pure CBD powder, extracted and distilled from the hemp plant. Cocktails on offer include Honi Honi's signature vodka-based Tropical Storm, zesty Honi Honi Collins, the classic Pina Colada, and fruity Bikini Girl. Two cocktails are also available in 200ml takeaway bottles ($150/bottle) for those who'd rather drink at home.  

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  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Central

H Queen’s French Mediterranean restaurant La Petite Maison has prepared a range of winter à la carte dishes along with a winter-themed cocktail to warm you up for the cooler days ahead. Head chef Maurizio Pace and his team created a decadent menu featuring a pumpkin risotto with cepes ($248), grilled blue lobster ($488), and grilled whole turbot ($1200) which can be washed down with the seasonal cocktail Le Rambault ($125) made with Calvados, dry curaçao, spiced apple compote, lemon juice, garnished with cinnamon sugar.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Jordan

Rooftop bar Terrible Baby is gearing up for the Christmas season and offering two new festive cocktails to usher in holiday cheer. Crafted by bar manager Axel Gonzalez, the menu features a Woodfire Cocktail ($85) – made with mezcal, amaretto, coffee liqueur, cold brew coffee, and homemade chilli syrup, served with toasted marshmallow – and Coquito ($85) – which translates to 'little coconut', which is prepared with a blend of white and spiced rum, coconut milk, coconut cream, condensed milk, cinnamon, cloves, and pink peppercorns. Both cocktails are available throughout December.

 

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Taikoo Shing

Encompassing the entire 32nd floor of the swanky business hotel East in Tai Koo, Sugar is a soaring establishment that sells itself as ‘bar + deck + lounge’. It’s a tag that succinctly sums up the highlights of this ultra-cool space, except that it omits Sugar’s finest feature: the utterly breathtaking views. Enjoying sweeping vistas with a drink in hand is hardly a new thing to our spoilt eyes in Hong Kong, but Sugar’s panoramas provide a new, eastern take on our urban jungle. The view dominates from every corner of the bar, such is the openness of the smartly designed interior. Go on, grab a drink and take it all in.

  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Central

From now until January 2021, Zuma infuses Japanese flavours to tequila in three new seasonal cocktails. The menu includes Bajiru Smash ($155), a blend of Casamigos reposado tequila, agave, cucumber, lemongrass, lime, yuzu, garnished with fresh basil; Shāpu ($145), made with blanco tequila, longan sake, lime, yuzu, watermelon, served in a glass rimmed with shichimi umeshu; and Japanese Paloma ($160) made with milk washed strawberry-infused tequila and mezcal, mixed with chilli pepper, yuzu, topped with pink grapefruit soda.  

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  • Restaurants
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

The Mira hotel's innovative French-Japanese restaurant, Whisk is presenting an eight-course Kaviari caviar omakase dinner ($1,588/person, 6.30pm-10pm) on December 3 and 4, which will feature four signature cocktails by The Old Man Hong Kong's newly appointed operational director Nikita Matveev. Whisk chef Oliver Li will prepare creative dishes with Kaviari caviars Kristal, Oscietre Prestige, and Sturgeon White, together with the season's fresh produce from Fukuoka, Japan. These dishes will be complemented by exclusive cocktails Matveev created from the dinner, and The Old Man's signature cocktails like A Moveable Feast made with seawater, vodka, tomato juice, coconut syrup, and lemon juice. Advance booking is required.  

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