Now that temperatures are starting to rise and restaurants have dusted off their alfresco patios, chances are you’re about ready to replace those winter whisky-based drinks and hot cocktails with lighter, breezier libations that sing of spring. Luckily, there are plenty of places around town heralding the change of seasons with special spring cocktail menus: think leafy herbs, citrus and plenty of fresh produce in an assortment of vivid spring colours.
For one of the best places to enjoy springtime libations, you’ll want to head to China Tang at Landmark, where the expert mixologists there have created a selection of tea-based spring cocktails that are as soothing and as they are delicious. Kick things off with the Ruby Sour (HK$160), a sultry red concoction garnished with roselle and lemon peel for a citrus twist. A mix of roselle tea splashed with bourbon, it’s perfect for whisky enthusiasts who prefer their drinks with an extra strong kick.
Alternatively, wine lovers should opt for the Purple Sangria (HK$160), an Insta-ready goblet with the botanical properties of gin reinforced with homemade butterfly pea tea, orange segments and fresh flowers. Light and refreshing, the bewitching hue of the sangria brings to mind fields of lavender — sure to put you in the mood for sunny spring weather.
Finally, those who require an extra healthy boost of nutrients to fight spring flu season may want to try the Herbal Kiss (HK$160), a soothing sipper garnished with goji berries and infused with healthy ingredients such as chrysanthemum, honey and lemon juice. Sweet and floral, the warm weather drink features a base of gin and elderflower liqueur, and arrives in a beautiful antique teapot so you can sip slowly and savour the herbal aromas.
Of course, sophisticated cocktails are best enjoyed in posh surrounds: Settle down into a cosy corner of China Tang’s plush bar and lounge, where you can enjoy the trio of colourful spring cocktails while snacking on a selection of exquisite dim sum and bar snacks, from steamed shrimp dumplings to crispy spring rolls. We can’t think of a better way to usher in the start of spring.