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Wine & Dine - - CONTENTS - Level 70, Swis­sô­tel The Stam­ford, 2 Stam­ford Road. Tel: 6837 3322 fair­mont.com WORDS MIA CHENYZE & CHAR­LENE CHOW

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.

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