Spectrum Punch may seem like a dainty drink, as it is presented in a tall glass and bejewelled with fresh berries, but don’t be fooled. The blend of Plantation Jamaica rum, house-made farlernum, fresh lime and honey is a definite knockout, which is obvious once you learn it was inspired by the story of Rocky Balboa.
If you find yourself still standing, prepare to meet Mad Dog, named after the Irish-American assassins that carried out the mafia’s dirty work. The mix of Greenore 8-year-old Irish whisky, Ferrand Dry orange curaçao, Luxardo Maraschino, Drambuie, absinthe and bitters sits beneath a cloud of smoked wild cherry bark like a smoking gun. And just like any great assassin, its finish is so dangerously smooth; you won’t know it till it hits you.
Get back on your feet with the Reviver; just don’t ask what’s in it. Fine, we’ll tell you. The Daron calvados, Carpano Antica Formula vermouth, Ferrand Dry orange curaçao, sugar, bitters, cloves, coffee beans and salt with an added kick of jalapeño is inspired by the mystery brews men would secretly sip from their hip flasks, morning and night.
If things seem a little nutty, you might be dealing with the Omerta (Luxardo Angioletto hazelnut liqueur, Mina Real mezcal, fresh lemon, sugar, walnut bitters), which pays tribute to Mario Puzo – the author of The Godfather – and his final novel.
Or, switch the silver screen for a curtain call and honour those of Broadway with Bar Central. Here, the classic vodka martini gets a little touch-up as Indigenous vodka and Mancino Bianco vermouth is mixed with grapefruit and orange bitters, with thin slices of green apple for garnish.
Douse the fire in your belly with Head Chef Nicholas Trosien’s new bar bites, inspired by the eclectic nature of the neighbourhood. For something light but indulgent, opt for the buttery Miso Cod Lettuce Wraps. Or, consider being more sinful (you’re already in Hell’s Kitchen after all) with an order of the Pork Pasties or the Mac N Cheese with shredded duck confit.
• For more information on Manhattan Bar, visit: regenthotels.com/en/Singapore/Cuisine/Manhattan
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