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Time Out Bar Awards 2020 winner: Best Takeaway Cocktail

A bottled cocktail that best transports the bar experience to the comfort of home.

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Time Out Hong Kong
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2020 Winner - Cocktail Flight (Coa)
Photograph: Courtesy Coa

2020 Winner - Cocktail Flight (Coa)

(four 250ml bottles/$1,050) 

For those with a thirst for agave cocktails and spirits during the bar ban, award-winning Mexican bar Coa launched their new online shop to cater to Hongkongers imbibing needs. Included in the online shop's offering is a flight of their signature cocktails in 250ml bottles – Coconut Milk Punch, Mezcal Negroni, Mezcal Martinez, and Agave Old Fashioned – which allowed homebound drinkers to recreate Coa's bar experience.

Runner-up - The Mandarino Negroni (The Wise King) 
Photograph: Courtesy The Wise King

Runner-up - The Mandarino Negroni (The Wise King) 

($500/500ml and $598/750ml) 

As an homage to our city's culture and local distillers, Spanish-inspired bar, The Wise King collaborated with local gin distillery N.I.P Distilling for a special bottling of Mandarino Negroni combining the local gin with Mancino Vermouth, Mandarinetto Isolabella, and Rinomato Americano Bianco. N.I.P gin uses local botanicals like kumquat, osmanthus, and Shoumei tea which gave the Mandarino Negroni its unique layer of flavours and together with Mandarinetto Isolabella (a mandarin flavoured liqueur using Sicilian mandarins) added a zesty note to boot. 

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Shortlisted - Caprice Negroni (Caprice Bar)
Photograph: Courtesy Four Seasons Hong Kong

Shortlisted - Caprice Negroni (Caprice Bar)

($355/bottle with bar snack) 

Four Seasons Hong Kong's Caprice Bar offered their signature Caprice Negroni via Four Seasons' eshop. The cocktail uses fresh vanilla, citrus peel mixed with Citadelle gin, La Quintinye Rouge Vermouth, French sweet vermouth, Amer Picon French bitter orange liqueur, Campari, and Provence vanilla tea. Each 200ml order serves two and comes with a bar snack of flavoured almonds and olives to complete the aperitivo experience at home.  

Shortlisted - De La Louisiane (Lobster Bar)
Photograph: Courtesy Lobster Bar

Shortlisted - De La Louisiane (Lobster Bar)

($450/500ml) 

To satisfy the urge for something spirit-forward, Lobster Bar offered their own riff of the New Orleans’ French Quarter cocktail De La Louisiane. The classic recipe originated in the 1930's and staying true to its DNA, this bottled cocktail is unapologetically boozy. Made with Michter's Rye whiskey, Mancino Rosso, Benedictine, Peychaud's bitters, and absinthe – it's herbaceous, rye-forward, and finishes with smoky undertones. 

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Shortlisted - The Bridge to Mexico (St Regis Bar)
Photograph: Courtesy St Regis Bar

Shortlisted - The Bridge to Mexico (St Regis Bar)

($148/bottle) 

Smoky mezcal and peaty Scotch is a match made in heaven, and St Regis Bar's The Bridge to Mexico provides that in single-serve square takeaway bottles. The drink is a mezcal, and whisky-based Old Fashioned style cocktail using Mezcal Del Maguey sous vide with pink peppercorns, mixed up with Lagavulin 16 YO, homemade cacao, and chocolate bitters, balanced with a sweet note of white chocolate.  

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