Top 12 Exotic Food Cocktails in Singapore

Chili crab, chicken rice, and (even) durian cocktails? Singapore’s vibrant cocktail scene is now the talk of the town, thanks to our talented local bartenders who have upped the ante. We scour the city to bring you 12 of the best food cocktails in Singapore—there’s even dessert!

Bak Kwa Cocktail

Mars Bar, Bak Kua Cocktail by Gourmet Adventures

An exemplary savory cocktail, bak kwa cocktail extracts the savory-sweetness of Bee Cheng Hiang’s famed sweet barbecue pork and infuses its components beautifully into this bourbon-based concoction, birthing an addictively delicious cocktail with sweet, smoky and savory notes, freshened by a hint of cloves and orange zest.

Bak Kwa Cocktail by Roger Yip; $22. Mars Bar, 83 Duxton Rd., 9651-6714. www.mixesfrommars.sg. Open Mon-Sun 4pm-1am.

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Banana Pancakes Cocktail

Bitters & Love, Banana Pancakes Cocktail by Gourmet Adventures

Wild Turkey bourbon is infused with apple cinnamon tea, before shaken and strained with banana liqueur, maple syrup and lemon juice into a bamboo cup. The mixture is then placed into a glass jar of smoked hay to give the drink a smoky aroma that enhances flavors of banana pancakes—perfect for satisfying late nights breakfast cravings without having to sleep on a full stomach.

Banana Pancakes by Naz Arjuna; $23. Bitters & Love, 36 North Canal Rd., 6438-1836. www.bittersandlove.com. Open Mon-Thu 6pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 6pm-2am.

Big Breakfast Cocktail

Bitters & Love, Breakfast for Champions Cocktail by Gourmet Adventures

Breakfast at midnight exists in the form of Breakfast of Champions, a tequila-based cocktail that has all the protein—well, at least the extracts of it—you need to get the party going. Celery and cherry tomatoes are ‘cooked’ with the essential spark of Don Julio tequila and seasoned with a dash of Worchestershire, lemon, salt and pepper before garnished with a slice of toast and scrambled eggs in an egg shell. Go big, or go home.

Breakfast of Champions by Naz Arjuna; $21. Bitters & Love, 36 North Canal Rd., 6438-1836. www.bittersandlove.com. Open Mon-Thu 6pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 6pm-2am.

Chicken Rice Cocktail

The Horse's Mouth, Chicken Rice Cocktail by Gourmet Adventures

Inspired by local favorite dish chicken rice, Del Maguey “Vida” mezcal is fat-washed and added to a house-made lemongrass syrup (pandan and lemongrass sous vide with sugar) and chili sauce foam (chili, sugar, salt and lime are blended together) to create ubiquitous local chicken rice flavors in this smooth-drinking libation.

Chicken Rice by Andy Soh; $25. The Horse’s Mouth, #B1-39 Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Rd., 6235-1088. www.horsesmouthbar.com. Open Mon-Thu 6pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 6pm-1am.

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Chili Crab Cocktail

Mars Bar, Chilli Crab Cocktail by Gourmet Adventures

Inspired by Singapore’s number one local dish, this chili crab cocktail is taken up a notch with the inclusion of Tanqueray dry gin and Malibu rum. Chili crab paste is then added to a lemongrass reduction alongside kaffir lime leaves, shaken in with egg white to exude subtle lingering notes of chili crab spice that dabbles with tropical Asian flavors of coconut and orgeat.

Chili Crab Cocktail by Louis Tan; $22. Mars Bar, 83 Duxton Rd., 9651-6714. www.mixesfrommars.sg. Open Mon-Sun 4pm-1am.

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Durian Cocktail

Mars Bar, King of Asia (Durian Cocktail) by Gourmet Adventures

Capturing the essence of the king of all fruits, King of Asia combines Gosling rum, fresh mango and passion fruit, butterscotch schnapps, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream (that resembles the creamy texture of durian) to create a subtly pungent yet bittersweet lingering aftertaste of durian. If Asia were to be represented in a cocktail, this would be it.

King of Asia by Louis Tan; $22. Mars Bar, 83 Duxton Rd., 9651-6714. www.mixesfrommars.sg. Open Mon-Sun 4pm-1am.

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Kaya Cocktail

Bitters & Love, Kaya Cocktail by Gourmet Adventures

It only takes a sip to bring one back to memories of yesteryears when breakfast consisted primarily of homemade buttered kaya toast. Here, the traditional breakfast is upgraded with a boost of Mount Gay rum, English breakfast tea, peach liqueur, honey, fresh lemon juice and egg white to form a deliciously rich and creamy cocktail.

Kaya Toast by Naz Arjuna; $20. Bitters & Love, 36 North Canal Rd., 6438-1836. www.bittersandlove.com. Open Mon-Thu 6pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 6pm-2am.

Laksa Cocktail

Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall, Laksa Cocktail by Gourmet Adventures

A mixture of chili, ginger, coriander, laksa leaves, sugar and water are reduced into a concentrated laksa syrup before shaken together with Diplomatico Reserva rum, fresh lime, orange juice and egg white to recreate that creamy texture you get from the original dish. The result is a distinctive aromatic concoction with hints of spice.

Laksa Boy by Eugene Chua; $23. Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall, 60A Boat Quay, 6535-0838. www.fb.com/ahsamcolddrinkstall. Open Mon-Thu 6pm-midnight. Fri-Sat 6pm-3am.

Miso Cocktail

Jekyll & Hyde, Miso Cocktail by Gourmet Adventures

Transforming After Eight chocolates into a cocktail, this ‘lusty’ cocktail is a mélange of miso, mint and chocolate, simply swirled together in a chilled rock glass to exude the perfect balance of sweet and savory, with a refreshing touch of mint.

Lust by Jeff Ho; $22. Jekyll & Hyde, 49 Tras St., 6222-3349. www.49tras.st. Open Mon-Thu 6pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 6pm-1am.

Sushi Cocktail

The Horse's Mouth, Makizushi Cocktail by Gourmet Adventures

East meets West in this unique combination of spirits: Tanqueray London dry gin and dry sparkling sake Mizbasho Junmai Ginjo. Homemade rice syrup (stemmed from simple syrup and water used to wash the sushi rice) is then simmered with Japanese cucumber nori seaweed and Japanese shoyu into a rich concentrate, shaken and strained with the spirits to result in blossoming sweet and umami notes.

Makizushi by Samuel Sim; $25. The Horse’s Mouth, #B1-39 Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Rd., 6235-1088. www.horsesmouthbar.com. Open Mon-Thu 6pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 6pm-1am.

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Sze Chuan Cocktail

The Horse's Mouth, Sze Chuan Cocktail by Gourmet Adventures

A twist on the Moscow Mule, the Sze Chuan Mule swaps lime for sze chuan peppercorns. Contrary to popular belief (thanks to the well-loved spicy sze chuan soup), sze chuan itself isn’t originally spicy. Instead, it causes a slight bitter numbness with aromatic cloves that blossoms in the cocktail with the addition of old and blue ginger.

Sze Chuan Mule by Byron Tan; $25. The Horse’s Mouth, #B1-39 Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Rd., 6235-1088. www.horsesmouthbar.com. Open Mon-Thu 6pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 6pm-1am.

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Yogurt Cocktail

Jekyll & Hyde, Yogurt Cocktail by Gourmet Adventures

Find endless summer love in this dessert tipple that combines Bols yogurt and blood orange liqueur, lemon juice and simple syrup, into a sweet and creamy blend, poured into a chilled collins glass, and garnished with dehydrated orange for that tinge of zest that makes sparks fly.

Sicilian Sunshine by Jeff Ho; $25. Jekyll & Hyde, 49 Tras St., 6222-3349. www.49tras.st. Open Mon-Thu 6pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 6pm-1am.

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2 Comments on “Top 12 Exotic Food Cocktails in Singapore”

  1. July 8, 2015 at 12:19 PM #

    Love this post! I am definitely pinning this for when I visit Singapore.

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  1. Exotic Food Cocktails in Singapore - Travel Singapore with Gospel John - January 15, 2015

    […] An exemplary savory cocktail, bak kwa cocktail extracts the savory-sweetness of Bee Cheng Hiang’s famed sweet barbecue pork and infuses its components beautifully into this bourbon-based concoction, birthing an addictively delicious cocktail with sweet, smoky and savory notes, freshened by a hint of cloves and orange zest. Via gourmetadventures.net […]

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