NIGHTLIFE

If it’s any old drink you’re crav­ing, you’re spoiled for choice in Ber­lin. But for a truly spe­cial sig­na­ture cock­tail, fol­low your thirst to Hilda Hoy’s picks.

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What's your sig­na­ture drink? Our picks for where to sam­ple a few be­fore choos­ing your own.

E very dis­tin­guished drinker should have a sig­na­ture drink, like James Bond and his dry vodka mar­tini or Don Draper and his beloved old fash­ioned. Even the Queen has her fa­vorite tip­ple: gin and Dubon­net with a slice of lemon, which she ap­par­ently en­joys ev­ery day just be­fore lunch. If you don’t have a sig­na­ture drink of your own, here are three po­tent pota­bles to lay claim to and the best places in the city to or­der them.

GIN & TONIC

The menu at G&T Bar ( Friedrich­str. 113, www. amanogroup. de) opens with a quote from writer Bernard de Voto: “The proper union of gin and tonic is… one of the hap­pi­est mar­riages on earth.” This el­e­gant bar with a clas­sic air pays homage to that much- loved high­ball cock­tail and stocks a care­fully cu­rated se­lec­tion of the world’s finest gins and tonic wa­ters. A house spe­cialty is the tea- in­fused gin, but if gin and tonic is your sig­na­ture drink, go for the clas­sic, a blend of Tan­queray No. TEN and lo­cally made Thomas Henry tonic.

CHAM­PAGNE COCK­TAIL

The dap­per, ul­tra- pro­fes­sional bar­tenders at chic Vic­to­ria Bar ( Pots­damer Str. 102, www.vic­to­ri­abar. de) can mix up prac­ti­cally any­thing, but be­cause noth­ing says class quite like cham­pagne, a spe­cial sec­tion of the menu is ded­i­cated to cock­tails based on bub­bly. Try the clas­sic Cham­pagne Cock­tail, a blend of cham­pagne, An­gos­tura bit­ters, and a sugar cube. Or take in­spi­ra­tion from the Queen her­self and try the Al­fonso, which adds Dubon­net to the recipe.

MAI TAI

The Rum Trader ( Fasa­nen­str. 40) in Wilmers­dorf has dubbed it­self to be, at age 40, the old­est cock­tail bar in Ber­lin. Whether or not that claim holds any wa­ter, step­ping into the smoky bar is like en­ter­ing a 1930s time cap­sule, and the bar’s col­lec­tion in­cludes a num­ber of rare, vin­tage rums. In true speakeasy style, you’ll have to ring a bell to get in. If you’re lucky enough to snag a seat, owner Gre­gor Scholl – a well- known per­son­al­ity on Ber­lin’s bar scene – will per­son­ally mix you up a deca­dent mai tai, made as strong as he thinks you can han­dle.

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