Drink Your Way Home

Asian-inspired adult beverages are hitting prime time. And they’re elevating non-alcoholic drinks along the way.

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Asianinspired adult beverages are hitting prime time, elevating nonalcoholic drinks along the way.

YOU CAN CHART A DIRECT LINE FROM the invention of the pho cocktail in 2012, which won Pham Tien Tiep the Diageo World Class best bartender in Vietnam title, to the rave-garnering Hainanese chicken rice cocktail at the new, foodiefocused Amrith bar in Singapore. Mixologists in Asia have been looking to their own heritage for libation inspiration, and the resulting concoctions—say, Noodle Soup at The Ritz Bar and Lounge in Shanghai, or Chedi Club Tanah Gajah’s new menu blooming with their garden’s Balinese herbs—would've raised our eyebrows in the past, but now have our palates primed. And as the creativity flows, so does the complexity of what used to be called mocktails. Here are great new cultural-deep-dive drinks menus in the region, plus (reluctant) picks for our teetotaler pals. —JENINNE LEE-ST. JOHN

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