Top tipples and bars to check out this month
High up on the 70th floor of Swissôtel The Stamford lies a portal. It leads not to mystical lands and alien universes, but to four faraway terrains: the sea, the rainforest, the high desert and the alps.
The sorcery lies with Rusty Cerven, a moustachioed Slovakian responsible for Skai Bar. He had dreamt up a cocktail menu that is as novel as it is ambitious: 16 cocktails ($25 each) loosely characterised along the four topographies. Cerven goes to great length, sourcing for liqueurs, fruits and herbs from similar terrains and altitudes—all to coax our imagination into conjuring windswept coasts, verdant rainforests, arid landscapes and wintry peaks. Camu Camu, a pretty-in-pink twist on the Pisco Sour, channels the lushness and abundance of the tropical rainforest through hibiscus-and-sour-soup puree, camu camu (a Amazonian berry) powder and a raspberry-and-hibiscus sugar tuile. In sharp contrast, Desert Rose conveys dry heat and dusty dunes by means of smoky Alipus mezcal, dry vermouth and prickly pear cordial.
With a transportive experience like this, you’ll forgive us for almost forgetting to look out to the panorama of the city below. We’re just been busy traipsing around the Amazon.