Tucked behind the elegantly restored chapel-turned-restaurant The White Rabbit, is The Rabbit Hole, Singapore’s very first dedicated gin garden. The mad hatters behind the bar have created over 15 gin and tonics, split into five distinctive flavour profiles. These include ‘Traditional London Dry’, ‘Simple & Honest’, ‘Floral & Elegant’, ‘Complex & Unexpected’ and ‘The New Classics’ – giving plenty of insight into the diversity of flavours in this (dare we say, underrated) spirit.
Purists will love the ‘Simple & Honest’ menu, serving up powerful and flavourful gins like Death’s Door (served with green apple and dehydrated fennel) or the classic gins from the ‘Traditional London Dry’ range (we loved the No. 3 with lemon zest and fresh strawberry). For something new and exciting, look no further than ‘The New Classics’ G’Vine Floraison, a French grape-based gin that is served with a dehydrated orange basket of dried chamomile flowers. Otherwise, you cannot go wrong with a Hendrick’s (under ‘Floral & Elegant’), which is dressed with a semi-predictable pairing of cucumber and rose petals. All the G&Ts are served using a sweet, housemade tonic, flavoured with milder levels of quinine compared to branded varieties (they also offer East Imperial) and garnished with herbs from their own garden nearby. Better still, their gin programme is also paired with six varieties of sweet crepes, to help soak up the alcohol.
The vibe is quite ‘old-worldy’ and quirky, and the menu is fresh and exciting, with plenty of gin-based cocktails (from throughout history) beyond their 15 G&Ts and an extensive wine list too.
Offering the perfect escape from the searing tropical heat, the setting is not too unlike a British summer terrace, with its simple wooden tables and chairs with loungers out on the front lawn. The herb garden is steps away, behind the somewhat peculiar grass sculptures that decorate the surrounding land, adding to the ‘Alice In Wonderland’ feel.
Whether you’re new to the world of gin or you’re already familiar with all of its complexities, The Rabbit Hole is definitely a wonderland worth jumping into.
The Rabbit Hole (behind The White Rabbit),
39C Harding Road, tel: 9721 0536, thewhiterabbit.com.sg
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