Time Out Malaysia Eating and Drinking Guide - - DRINKING -

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

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