With craft distilleries experimenting with weird and wonderful flavour combinations, we're starting to see more eyebrow-raising spirits in the market. Think tomato-based gins and spirits infused with whole bouquets of flowers they could pass off as perfumes. Try these unique picks at the bars that stock them during the Singapore Cocktail Festival (May 4-13) or pop by the festival village happening from May 4 to 6 for a taste before splurging on a bottle for your minibar.
Black Tomato Gin
The first gin made from tomatoes
Made from macerated organic tomatoes grown Sicily, Black Tomato Gin is a curious spirit distilled in a copper pot together with juniper berries, a secret botanical and salt water to really bump up its savoury nature. The gin has a clear nose of tomato and is robust yet round on the palate.
TRY IT AT Atlas, Como Dempsey, Cin Cin, No.5 Emerald Hill, Ice-Cold Beer, Maison Ikkoku, The Secret Mermaid and Three Wise Men
Half Hitch Gin
For lovers of tea
Back in 1869, Camden Lock was the heart of London's gin distilling efforts stretching across 20 acres. Today, only Half Hitch Gin is produced there in the hopes of restoring Camden to its former gin glory. It combines Malawian black tea, bergamot, wood, hay and pepper to make a rich and aromatic gin with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and citrus.
TRY IT AT ATLAS, Como Dempsey, Cin Cin, Maison Ikkoku, The Secret Mermaid, Three Wise Men, The Writing Club
Black Cow Vodka
The world's only milk vodka
Made from the milk of grass-grazed cows – the same milk used to make Barber’s 1833 cheddar and the Black Cow Deluxe Cheddar – Black Cow Vodka is exceptionally smooth yet has a unique creamy character that makes for an interesting mouthfeel.
TRY IT AT 28HKS, Manhattan, Sugarhall, Anti:Dote, AVRY, The Hangar, Jigger & Pony, Gibson, Kult Kafe, Bar Stories, Bitters & Love, The Penny Black
Cambodia's first and only rum distillery
Native has shined a bright light on Southeast Asian spirits and one of our favourites is Samai rum from Cambodia. Handcrafted from high-quality, locally-grown ingredients, the rum pays tribute to age-old rum making traditions while looking towards the future. So it makes sense when you find out that Samai is the Khmer word for a modern new generation – apt for the people making Cambodia's first rum.
TRY IT AT Native
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