Cocktail stories: Convoy

Music from the 1970s inspires the drinks at Montreal’s Coldroom, but that doesn’t mean the team will simply serve you whiskey in a jar. The bar’s general manager recounts the story behind the coconut-infused Convoy cocktail. Since opening in 2016, Coldroom has made a name for itself by serving up some of Montreal’s most innovative cocktails. “Coldroom is full of surprises,” says Daniel Boulianne, general manager at the Canadian venue (pictured). “Every part of the…

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Cocktail Stories: Singapore Sling

The Long Bar at Raffles Singapore is renowned for creating the Singapore Sling, so when renovations were announced, the cocktail was refreshed too. “Having been created at the Long Bar in 1915 by Raffles bartender Ngiam Tong Boon, the iconic Singapore Sling is an extremely important part of the bar,” says Frederic Serol, executive assistant manager of food and beverage at Raffles Singapore. The gin‐based classic cocktail has been served up in the Long Bar…

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Cocktail Stories: Reformed Pornstar

Despite its position as one of the world’s most popular cocktails, acclaimed London bar Duck & Waffle has given the Porn Star Martini a makeover. The Porn Star Martini was created by bartender Douglas Ankrah at London cocktail bar Townhouse in 2002. Since its inception, the combination of vanilla, passion fruit, vodka and sparkling wine has gone on to become one of the world’s most popular serves. In fact, it was voted the UK’s favourite…

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Cocktail Stories: Cry me the Moon

Cry me the Moon was originally a truffle-infused twist on the Martini. It has since become an aromatic cocktail packed with fruity and savoury flavours. “I am a minimalist when it comes to cocktails,” says Suwincha Singsuwan, head bartender at Bangkok’s Rabbit Hole. “With Cry me the Moon I was trying to create something elegant but simple.” Singsuwan describes the Cry me the Moon as being “dry with the aroma of truffle” and explains how…

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Cocktail Stories: Mirror Margarita

Making agave spirits accessible is what Hacha is all about and the bar’s Mirror Margarita should appeal to the most hesitant Tequila drinker. I’ve made a few decent cocktails over the years, but hands down the Mirror Margarita is the best,” says Deano Moncrieffe, founder of agave spirits bar Hacha. The London drinking den opened in May and has since found fame with its signature serve – a perfectly clear twist on the Margarita. Made…

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