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5 arty cocktails to sip during Hong Kong Art Week

With the events of art week in full swing, you’ll want to find time to take a breather and cool down with these arty, boozy concoctions.

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The Starburst

Loyal patrons of The Woods will be well acquainted with its long bar and its seasonally changing Prix Fixe cocktail menus. Good news: the carefully curated cocktails have returned, except this time with an a la carte format. Hailed The Lodge and coinciding with art month is the inaugural menu of eight sculptural cocktails all designed by founder Victoria Chow, with drink recipes that are as stunning (featuring Tom Dixon barware, no less) as they are sustainable — with art pieces created by making the most out of bar scraps. Try the Starburst (HK$150), based on Chow’s fascination with the aesthetic of star anise. Surrounded by a gilded halo of the spice, the lowball cocktail is made with five-spice infused aged cognac, and is presented with a theatrical sprinkling of charred cinnamon on citrus.

The Woods, LG/F, 17 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2522 0281

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Walking on Egg Shells

Also a star concoction available at The Lodge’s cocktail menu until 21 May, the Walking on Egg Shells (HK$150) is an homage to the New Orleans cocktail Ramos Gin Fizz, characterised by its notoriously creamy, frothy head — a result of shaking for eight straight minutes. With the common use of egg whites in bars nowadays, Victoria Chow wanted to try something different and use every bit of the egg from the yolk to the shell. The result: Tanqueray No.10 Gin, jasmine-scented egg white, homemade lime curd, salted lemon cordial, and grated egg yolk as garnish. The egg shells are equally sculpture and garnish vessel.

The Woods, LG/F, 17 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2522 0281

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Savoy Truffle

Alongside art-inspired gems offered at its sister establishments Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour and Mrs. Pound, Foxglove’s serving up inspiration from rock legends David Bowie and The Beatles. Try the sweet but sophisticated Savoy Truffle (HK$150), inspired by the cover of The Beatles’ White Album, made with oolong-infused gin mixed with honey water and topped with a cloud of cream cheese foam. It’s best paired with a side of homemade truffle beetroot chips, which balances out the cocktail’s umami and aromatic flavours with its earthiness.

Foxglove, G/F, 18 Ice House St. / 6 Duddell St.
+852 2116 8949

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Lucky in Love

As Tycoon Tann’s Mod Bar decks out its walls with new artworks by Hong Kong finger painter Justin Y, the bar manager has also crafted an ode to his works with an attractive spring cocktail, the Lucky in Love (HK$98). Vodka has been infused with an array of edible florals to obtain a delightful lilac colour, before being finished with lime juice and syrup.

Tycoon Tann, G/F, 74 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3125 3228

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Higo in Spanish means fig, and luckily for all fans of the fruit, the Higo is The Optimist’s spin of it (HK$100) into a boozy concoction. Kraken black spiced rum, fig liqueur, Crème de Mure, chocolate bitters and a splash of lemon juice all serve to bring out the complex flavour of a fig: caramelly and sticky, chocolatey or berry-like all in one gulp.

The Optimist, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2433 3324

Evelyn Lok
Managing Editor
When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. At Lifestyle Asia she covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.
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