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With the Easter long weekend now done and dusted, we’re, again, on the look-out for reasons and occasions to celebrate with a perfectly chilled drink. Warm beach days, perhaps? The first days of spring, maybe? Chime in for a hearty toast with these brand-new tipples in town.

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DarkSide

Time honoured. That is, a thing; idea; recipe; manifesto, forged and perfected through years upon years upon, yet, more years of dedication. A tangible experience in tribute to the motions and practice and effort undertaken. DarkSide’s new ‘Forgotten Classics’ cocktail menu — launched, too, against Rosewood’s new mixologist classes, priced at HK$1,399 per person — celebrates neither gimmicks nor fuss. It’s a 12-piece drinks journey into the classics beyond your tired gin-and-tonic order. Directed by Arkadiusz Rybak and Simone Rossi, the menu traverses from slick onion-garnished Gibsons (HK$160) to smoky El Diablos (HK$160); a veritable lecture into the origins and anecdotes that inspired these drinks of yore. Drinks you’ll remember you love.

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Hue

For a restaurant named ‘Hue’ situated in the Hong Kong Museum of Art, a cocktail menu christened ‘Art & Colour’ should come across as practically customary. A sensorial drinks experience in homage to each spoke of the colour wheel, ‘Art & Colour’ is saturated with levelled-up classics like the Black and White Old Fashioned (HK$140), which marries black sesame and roasted coffee-infused Michter’s Bourbon, black toasted beetroot and chocolate bitters; Coral Peach Rosé (HK$140), a fruity gin-meets-strawberry rosé vermouth inspired by the colour of sunsets; and Pistachio Green Punch (HK$120), infused with pandan-infused soy milk.

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The Dispensary

Toast to the first days of spring with The Dispensary’s brand-new Lavender Bloom cocktail (HK$108) — available through 18 April. Levelling Ketel One vodka with fruit-forward peach and lemon notes, Lavender Bloom is, as one may infer from its floral name, infused with homemade lavender syrup. A drink for sniffing, sipping and savouring, in repetition.

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Hungry Pal

SoHo’s newest gastrobar Hungry Pal has a drinks menu reflective of its overarching high-low concept as an ‘elevated dive bar’. On the programme are remastered, ‘under-appreciated’ age-old classics. The Martinez (HK$68) — the Martini of Martinis — and the Oolong Sour (HK$78) — an oolong milk tea-infused riff on a gin sour— joins Old World wines and draft beers on tap.

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The Wise King x The Daily Tot

In the spirit of behind-the-bar collaborations, The Wise King’s Sandeep Kumar will be setting up shop at The Daily Tot on 15 April from 6 – 9pm for a roll-out of a brand-new cocktail programme. Mark your calendars, too, for 17 April; The Wise King, N.I.P Gin and The Daily Tot’s very own Gerry Olino will share guest shifts from 6 – 9pm.

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Morton’s The Steakhouse

The springtime cocktail programme at Morton’s The Steakhouse features remixed classics like the Aviation (HK$160); a zingy blue blend of Tanqueray gin, Luxardo maraschino liqueur, The Bitter Truth violet liqueur and lemon juice. Brand new and seasonal is the Bee’s Knees (HK160); delicately citrusy and honeyed with origins tethered to the Prohibition era. An all-American evening to be had.

Joey Wong
Editor
Constantly in pursuit of a multi-hyphenated career, Joey has written her way through fashion trends, youth culture and luxury retail in New York and Hong Kong. Beyond internet adventures tracking down the perfect vintage find, you can probably catch her sipping on her third oat milk latte of the day in the city’s newest café. She’s currently mourning the loss of TikTok in Hong Kong.