Seven is­land cock­tails for sum­mer

You’ve got your va­ca­tions booked, sum­mer gear washed and packed, air-con­di­tion­ers turned to full blast, but the most im­por­tant ques­tion re­mains: what are you go­ing to be drink­ing? Carissa Mo­rais hits up the lo­cal bars to see what’s mud­dling on the rocks t

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BURMA CO­RIAN­DER FROM PA­TIO BAR DE TAPAS

Some herb and gin pair­ings can come across as grassy, but thank­fully, this tingly con­coc­tion is an ex­cep­tion. This is herby, light and re­fresh­ing, one to or­der if you’re the type to sniff your drink be­fore down­ing it. The aroma that comes from the crushed co­rian­der pairs well with the sweet-smelling vanilla. Un­for­tu­nately the flavour was a lit­tle blink-and-you’ll-miss-it be­cause of too much ice. If you’re here for the tapas, let this be your apéri­tif as the al­co­holic strength plays a fine line be­tween weak and wild. 49F Pengkalan Weld, Ge­orge Town (+6012 311 0442/ www.face­book.com/ pa­tio-pe­nang). Mon-Thu & Sun, 5pm-1.30am; Fri-Sat, 5pm-2am.

MUN­TRI MULE FROM INCH FOOD BAR

This is a zippy num­ber that shouldn’t be judged by the first sip. But first, a his­tory les­son: The Mun­tri Mule is a spin-off from the Moscow Mule that took 1950s America by storm, and was ru­moured to be the one cock­tail that bar­tenders hate. Vodka and gin­ger beer make up the mother in­gre­di­ents of this drink; this ver­sion has tinge of gin­ger ale and bits of lime but a rather weak vodka taste. Fra­grant pep­per­mint leaves were used for gar­nish­ing in­stead of the tra­di­tional lime wedge. What could have been a re­ally re­fresh­ing gingery kick was wa­tered down in min­utes, thanks to the huge amount of ice. 44 Le­buh Mun­tri, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 1693/ www.face­book.com/ inch-food­bar). Mon & Wed-Thu, 5pm-12am; Fri-Sat, 5pm-2am; Sun, 5-10pm.

AN­GEL’SA GOBLET FROM MISH MASH

Mish Mash is known for their in­ven­tive mixes and the An­gel’s Goblet is one they’ve well and truly mas­tered. The grace­ful blend of white wine and wa­ter­melon liqueur has a bub­blegum-y taste that com­ple­ments the peach and roselle sugar grains that swim in t the drink. All these cou­pled with ground mint leaves make this cock­tail a re­fresh­ing one with a flavour that lasts. It’s fairly pricey for a cock­tail but if you’re stuck in Mun­tri Street look­ing for an al­co­hol-based cooler, per­haps t take a chance on this one. 24 Le­buh Mun­tri, Ge­orge Town (+6017 536 5128/ www.mish­mashpg.com). Daily, 2pm-12mid­night.

EL­DER­FLOWER MO­JITO FROM EDEL­WEISS CAFÉ

If you’re not al­ready drunk on sun­light and art along Ar­me­nian Street, this con­coc­tion could work as an en­er­gizer be­fore you head off for more sight­see­ing. A laid­back blend of white rum, el­der­flower syrup, mint leaves and lime, the just-nice tinge of el­der­flower and rum cre­ates a tasty ef­fer­ves­cence in the mouth and you might just find your­self or­der­ing another one for the road. This tip­ple has the dy­namic equi­lib­rium of al­co­holic strength, flavour and tem­per­a­ture that per­fectly works against the mer­ci­less heat of the town. We like this neat twist to the clas­sic Cuban cock­tail; we can to­tally imag­ine sip­ping this tip­pler in the sum­mer of the 1930s. 38 Le­buh Ar­me­nian, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 8935/www.edel­weiss­cafe.com). Tue-Fri, 11am-3pm & 6.30-10pm; Sat, 12noon-10pm; Sun, 12noon-7pm.

DIM SUM COCK­TAIL FROM BASE­MENT 6

No, this is not your siu mai in cock­tail form, in case you’re puz­zled. The Dim Sum cock­tail is a min­i­mal­ist blend of gin, Chi­nese break­fast tea and fresh lemon. To add to the nov­elty of it all, the cock­tail is served in a bam­boo steamer and upon open­ing the lid, a whiff of dry ice siz­zles off, re­veal­ing the dainty-look­ing cock­tail (In­stra­gram­mers, take note). Be­sides this in­no­va­tive take on bev­er­age pre­sen­ta­tion, the cock­tail has a re­ally nice taste: The gin in­ter­min­gles well with the tea and lemon, think of a Long Is­land Iced Tea sans the pink ele­phant af­ter­math. Yaaaaaaam seng! 56 Jalan Chow Thye, Ge­orge Town (+604 226 1408/ Face­book: Base­ment-6). Daily, 8.30am-2am.

TWICE AS NICE FROM THE BEACH BAR

You can’t sun­bathe with­out sun­screen and you can’t have a sum­mer with­out Mi­dori. Twice As Nice gives you a nice treat with its fes­tive blend of blue cu­raçao, Mi­dori and a dash of pineap­ple juice. The blue cu­raçao gives the drink the zing it de­serves (like most drinks that have this pleas­ing in­gre­di­ent) along with its vi­brant blue hue. The Mi­dori seemed like a sav­ing grace to what came across as a boozy fruit punch – not that we’re com­plain­ing. Taste-wise, the trop­i­cal fruiti­ness of the drink stood out with­out the yucky sickly sweet af­ter­taste. 3i Up­per Pe­nang Road, Ge­orge Town (+6016 597 9640/ www.face­book.com/ the­beach­bar.pe­nang). Daily, 4pm-3am.

POME­GRAN­ATE MO­JITO FROM GRAV­ITY

This drink is one that will take you to an en­tirely dif­fer­ent level, in this case, to the 24th floor where Grav­ity shares its space with a rooftop in­fin­ity pool. In­stead of us­ing pome­gran­ate syrup, the bar­tender blends the pome­gran­ate and adds the juice in to the mix; no hint of the typ­i­cal syrupy taste here. Drinkers with low tol­er­ance lev­els might want to err on the side of cau­tion as this lit­tle high­ball is packed with an al­co­holic strength that hits as soon as it slith­ers down the throat. Taste-wise, this is one that will be the high­light of your sum­mer drink­ing thanks to the finely-tuned bal­anc­ing act be­tween the rich nat­u­ral sweet­ness of the pome­gran­ate and the re­fresh­ing fizz of sparkling wa­ter. If you're for­tu­nate enough to stay on the ex­ec­u­tive floor of the ho­tel, pair this drink with their se­lec­tion of fine canapés at the lounge be­side the bar. Af­ter all, who can re­sist a mo­jito to ac­com­pany a pic­turesque view? G Ho­tel Kelawai, Level 24, 2 Per­siaran Mak­tab (+604 219 0000/ www.gho­tel.com.my). Daily, 5-11pm.

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