Where to Drink Now

DestinAsian - - THE GUIDE JAKARTA -

MR. FOX

Oc­cu­py­ing a sleek, high­ceilinged space in the Sudirman Cen­tral Busi­ness District, Mr. Fox has called on the ex­per­tise of Aus­tralian mixol­o­gist Peter Seabrook to cre­ate hits like Madame St. Ger­main, which adds straw­berry and cu­cum­ber to sparkling wine, St-Ger­main el­der­flower liqeur, and ver­mouth bianco. An­other must-try is the Fran­cois “Frankie” Fox, a heady mix­ture of ba­nana leaf co­gnac, blanco rum, cit­rus, milk, tea, and var­i­ous spices that comes in a painted Rus­sian doll ( fb.com/hello.mr­fox).

HENSHIN

The high­est rooftop bar in town over­looks the sprawl­ing me­trop­o­lis from its 67th-floor perch at The Westin Jakarta. Order a few sun­down­ers at Henshin’s west-fac­ing al­fresco bar, where the drinks menu is closely aligned with the Ja­panese-Peru­vian cui­sine served up­stairs. Sig­na­ture cock­tails here in­clude the Last Ronin—an en­tic­ing blend of Kaku­bin whisky, choya umeshu liquor, yuzu juice, fresh pomelo, and pas­teur­ized egg syrup— and Sakura Maru, which counts TWG’s Geisha Blossom Tea, Lon­don No. 1 gin, and rose syrup among its in­gre­di­ents ( hen­sh­in­jakarta.com).

NEBULA KUNINGAN

Just down the road from Henshin in Mega Kuningan, Bali-based Nebula has touched down in the In­done­sian cap­i­tal with a twist, spot­light­ing pan-Asian fare and a se­lec­tion of in­ven­tive cock­tails. Opt for the tropical is­land fla­vors of La Pi­nata, which fea­tures light rum, co­conut milk, pineap­ple juice, fresh lime juice, and chili syrup; or try out Spicy Corn, an un­usual con­coc­tion that also uses chili syrup, this time with bour­bon, fresh lemon, egg white, and roasted corn ( fb.com/neb­u­lakuningan).

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