Introducing the best looking drinks in town…
You’ve heard the saying “camera eats first”? Well we’re not ashamed to admit that extends to our drinks too. Luckily in Hong Kong, our city’s bars cater as much to the ‘gram as they do to our tastebuds. From delicate floral creations to bold, theatric showstoppers, here are the best looking cocktails in town.
Holiday pics may be lacking on your feed as of late but CRUISE at Hyatt Centric Hong Kong has just the thing to make up for it: the Cocoroni. The lovechild of wild coconut and classic Negroni, this tasty concoction crafted by Chief Mixologist Mackenzie (Le Mack) Ross is slowly aged for a minimum of 15 days inside a fresh coconut. The result? Rich, creamy coconut notes balanced with the bittersweet flavour profile of gin, campari and sweet vermouth. We recommend pulling up a stool during the neighbourhood bar’s “Sunset Sessions” (from 3pm to 7pm daily) to enjoy the Cocorini and more at wallet-friendly happy hour prices (head here to reserve your spot). Snap a shot against the backdrop of that mesmerizing Victoria Harbour view for a ‘gram to rival those 2019 Bali pics – the next best thing until we can fly again!
How Much: $108 (or $78 when ordered during Sunset Sessions)
Enjoy a cheeky signature shot when ordering one of Mack’s cocktails. Cheers!
Part of the award-winning bar’s “Food Market” series, the Witty Martini is inspired by London’s Chinatown, where the fragrance of sandalwood and osmanthus reign supreme, alongside the strong British affinity to gin and tea. Topped with a mountain of foam, osmanthus jelly and edible flowers, it reminds us of a retro trifle dessert, albeit with tea cold-infused Tanqueray gin instead of sponge fingers!
How much: $150
Wishes at the ready! This iconic Chaiwala cocktail takes its cue from Aladdin’s magic lamp for a drink that’s as theatrical and over the top as the genie himself. Featuring Havana rum, banana sage, lime bianco bitter and herbal liqueur, it’s a feast for the tastebuds as well as the camera. Pro-tip: use Boomerang to get a ‘gram-worthy shot of that pour action.
How much: $120
And now for the prettiest cocktail in town. To be honest, any one of Dear Lilly’s creations could have made this list, but we love Mad Enchantment in particular as it blends perfectly with the bar’s romantic interiors. Infused with flavours of blackberry and vanilla, this pick is spiked with Calvados and topped with a saccharine egg white foam. Don your best dress for ultimate “ladies who lunch” vibes.
How much: $130
Read more: Your Guide To Afternoon Tea In Hong Kong
Designed for sharing, Club Rangoon’s spiced-rum punch brings together Nusa Casa Spiced Rum, Bitter Truth Pimento Dram, Demerara Syrup and fresh 2 Towns Pineapple Cider for a refreshing carbonated cocktail. Served inside a hollowed pineapple “on tap” for your self-pouring pleasure, this counts as part of our five a day right?
How much: $300 (serves two people)
You know you’re onto a ‘gram-worthy winner when your drink is on literal fire. Like the rest of the award-winning menu, Garden of Eden is an homage to Ernest Hemingway, and is packed with flavours which juxtapose the sweet and savoury, including honeydew rye whiskey, goat-milk bourbon, caramelised sauterne cordial and orange phosphate bitters.
How much: $120
The Old Man, Lower G/F, 37-39 Aberdeen Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/theoldman_hk
Inspired by the 7,000 year old ancient Hindu ritual drink “Soma” (which promised to prevent ageing and imbue the drinker with the energy of a thousand elephants”), this photogenic cocktail spotlights flavours of ginger, honey, curry leaves and yellow chartreuse, laced with angostura bitters and spiced bourbon. Topped with crushed ice to mimic the aesthetic of Himalayan salt crystals, and wrapped in a textural hemp cotton lining, it sure looks the part, though the jury’s still out on its mystical prowess!
How much: $140
Unleash your inner child with this alcohol-laden take on a Milo Dinosaur, served in a kitschy dinosaur egg cup. Here, Godiva chocolate liqueur, fresh milk and a house-made Milo ice ball is elevated with a generous shot of vodka. For those after something slightly more sophisticated, don’t miss the bar’s iconic bird-shaped cocktails – trust us, they’re adorable!
How much: $130
Make sure your camera’s poised to shoot from the get-go for this one. Your Instagram moment will happen early on here, when the drink is finished tableside with a spritz of rose water. With an aesthetic this feminine, it may surprise you to learn that the Suzie Wong has a base of whisky. Though rest assured, the addition of rose syrup, cucumber and yuzu soda leaves this pick perfectly balanced in flavour.
How much: $108
Channeling all things tiki, the Maui Margarita pays homage to Polynesian mythology with its formidable ceramic totem mug. Inside, you’ll find a classic margarita with a modern twist, featuring Mexican pepper-infused tequila and pink grapefruit – the perfect summer concoction!
How much: $115 (or $88 during Happy Hour, Monday to Friday, 11:30am to 8pm)
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Featured image courtesy of The Envoy via Instagram, image 1 courtesy of CRUISE, image 2 courtesy of Quinary via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of Chaiwala, image 4 courtesy of Dear Lilly via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of Club Rangoon, image 6 courtesy of The Old Man via Instagram, image 7 courtesy of Stockton, image 8 courtesy of The Envoy via Instagram, image 9 courtesy of Zoku Restaurant & Terrace, image 10 courtesy of Cabana Breeze via Instagram.