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The best cocktails in Hong Kong

Our top cocktail picks from the best Hong Kong bars, from re-worked classics to flavour-packed fusion tipples.

Ron Burgundy - Back Bar at Ham and Sherry

Inspired by the anchorman himself, this blend of rum, burgundy syrup and perfume bitters is fittingly served in a perfume bottle with a ‘sex panther’ label.  Sixty percent of the time the infamous cologne works all the time, but fortunately this cocktail is always a winner.

$130. 1-7 Ship St, Wan Chai, 2555 0628; hamandsherry.hk.

Guatemala Fashioned - Foxglove

A conjurer of Christmases past, this twist on an old fashioned warms the cockles thanks to Zacapa rum and the rich winter flavours of blackcurrant and dark chocolate bitters. Definitely worth a sultry sip to the soundtrack of Foxglove’s live jazz music.

$150. 2/F, Printing Hse, 6 Duddell St, Central, 2116 8949; foxglovehk.com.

Hobnail - The Pontiac

A play on the rusty nail, the Hobnail is a smooth yet sour concoction of Pig's Nose blended scotch, ginger syrup, herbal liqueur and Angostura bitters. It goes down far too easily, and before you know it, five of these kickers have glided down your gullet.

$88. 13 Old Bailey St, Central, 2521 3855; fb.com/thepontiac.

Makgeolli Sour VCNCY

This perfectly balanced Korean rice wine cocktail infuses makgeolli with a punchy apple liquor for a sour kick and rose syrup that delivers a subtle, fragrance. The epitome of Korean fusion, this cocktail elevates humble makgeolli to a higher level – pleasing to even the most discerning palates.

$90. B/F, 41 Staunton St, Central, 2608 1788; vcncy.hk.

Issaya Mojito - Issaya Siamese Club

Served in a tall cup reminiscent of an ancient vase, the Issaya Mojito has a Thai twist. Rum and mint leaves are spiked with kaffir lime leaves, mint and lemongrass. It's a refreshing and welcome tipple chased by some South East Asian spice.

$118. 25/F, Soundwill Plaza II - Midtown, 1 Tang Lung St, Causeway Bay, 2154 3048; issaya.hk.

Polish My Candy - Lily and Bloom

Paying homage to his homeland, mixologist Pawel Mikusek's Polish My Candy combines Zubrowka vodka, apple, salted caramel, cinnamon and walnut bitters. It's a perfect balance of sweet and savoury with a spiced edge courtesy of the the vodka and cinnamon. A sip of Poland in a glass.

$110. 5-6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham St, Central, 2810 6166; lily-bloom.com.

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