CODE 55 AND 2 BULAT
This original cocktail by bartender Johnnie was inspired by a story that took place during the colonial era in Hotel Majestic. It was an incident that happened to Mr Tan Meng Tan, who was bartender at the hotel. A lady stomped into the dining hall and discovered that her man was with another woman. The captain approached the intruding lady to take her order and she replied, ‘Give me a Code 55 and two bulat.’ But, of course, there was no such cocktail. He realised that the lady was asking for ‘a Colt 55 and two bullets’. Luckily, no blood was shed.
‘I created a drink to reflect the drama and intensity of the love triangle,’ Johnnie says. For this drink, he puts two test tubes into the glass to represent the two bullets (red with gin and black with whisky), against a gold background (beer). ‘This is a challenging drink; you have to down it in one shot,’ Johnnie explained, before he downed it in one go. Which we later realised was pretty impressive, as it’s one of the most potent cocktails we’ve ever tasted. Ian Loh