The party was supposed to come to Singapore, but alas the pandemic happened. Instead, like everything else, Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 awards will be held online for all to see.

Singapore was meant to play host to Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 awards. But with the ongoing Coronavirus putting a halt on all large events around the world, it had to either be postponed or taken online. In the same vein with its restaurant counterpart, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, this one too will be live-streamed from its YouTube channel, which you can find at the end of this article.

Meanwhile, it doesn’t make sense to find out which are the best bars in Asia without a drink in hand. Even better still — make a cocktail for yourself using these recipes with flavours inspired by our culture. We’ve included three cocktails for you to try out just days before the Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 announcement, so you can decide which you’d like to sip on when you tune in.

Singapore Sling

We’ve got our own classic cocktail (the Jungle Bird, in case you weren’t aware), and so does Singapore. This gin-based cocktail was allegedly developed by Ngiam Tong Boon at the Raffles Hotel in 1915. The recipe was also documented in the Savoy Cocktail Book back in the 1930s. It’s a smooth and semi-sweet cocktail with a complex flavour profile.

Kaya Toast Cocktail

This classic kopitiam breakfast staple is turned into a cocktail with all the familiar flavours you love, minus the crunch of toasted bread. The rum in the cocktail goes extremely well with the coconut and pandan flavours of this jam. We’d suggest serving it with a side of actual kaya toast for the full experience.

Pei Pa Koa Old Fashioned

Hands up if you too, grew up taking Pei Pa Koa during a small bout of cough. This herbaceous medicine is a familiar taste with many and has been gaining a fair bit of popularity thanks to some bars choosing to use it as a cocktail ingredient. In this recipe, the classic Old Fashioned cocktail gets a local twist with the Pei Pa Koa replacing the usual muddled sugar. It might sound funky, but the herbaceous flavours actually go pretty well with the classic cocktail’s flavours.

Finally, tune in to Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 announcement via the live stream here. It will begin streaming at 7 pm on May 14th 2020.

(All images: Singapore Tourism)

PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.