YEAR OF THE COCK­TAIL

An in­no­va­tive and in­ter­ac­tive new cock­tail menu in­spired by the Chi­nese Zo­diac, at Fang Fang’s, one of Hong Kong’s most pop­u­lar bars

Exquisite Taste - - Exquisite Cocktails - – By Chris­tian Gal­braith

To mark the an­niver­sary of its first year and in prepa­ra­tion for the up­com­ing Christ­mas, New Year and the Chi­nese New Year cel­e­bra­tions, the team at Fang Fang's Cock­tail Bar brings its loyal fan base a new, in­ter­ac­tive cock­tail menu in­spired by the Chi­nese zo­diac.

The new cock­tail list­ing builds on the pop­u­lar­ity of the bar's pre­vi­ous menu, which was based on the el­e­ments of fire, metal, wood, earth and wa­ter, cen­tral to Chi­nese life and phi­los­o­phy. The el­e­men­tal cock­tails are still avail­able along with a fine col­lec­tion of spir­its, wines and non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages.

The new menu fea­tures con­coc­tions in­spired by the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the 12 Chi­nese zo­diac signs, plus a sur­prise 13th cock­tail whereby the bar­tender will tell your for­tune with a unique, hand-crafted be­spoke of­fer­ing pre­sented in one of a se­ries of spe­cial hand-painted cock­tail glasses de­signed by award-win­ning Bar Man­ager and Head Mixol­o­gist Ga­gan Gu­rung. The menu is pre­sented as an an­tique-style Chi­nese book, which un­folds to re­veal a zo­diac wheel of cock­tails cre­ated by the pas­sion­ate and in­ven­tive Gu­rung, who is widely ac­claimed for his creative ex­per­i­men­ta­tion with the aro­matic herbs, spices and ex­otic fruits found through­out the re­gion.

One of our favourites and rep­re­sent­ing the Year of the Rat, is the Fly Me Mediter­ranean. In the Chi­nese zo­diac the rat is an alert crea­ture with spirit, wit, flex­i­bil­ity and vi­tal­ity. Gu­rung's Rat cock­tail is a blend of Parme­san-washed gin mare, Sakura sake, white ca­cao, Berg­amot and pop­ping candy - a con­coc­tion he first cre­ated for the ac­claimed Gin Mare Mediter­ranean In­spi­ra­tions com­pe­ti­tion in Ibiza.

For the pic­ture-per­fect cock­tail try the Snakethemed See Through Me. Pre­sented with smoke that's cap­tured in a trans­par­ent sphere which is popped by the guest. Fea­tur­ing a Bom­bay Sap­phire gin core it rep­re­sents the bril­liant and hu­mor­ous char­ac­ter­is­tics of the snake. While for some­thing punchy try the Mon­key-in­spired Prankster with its play­ful com­bi­na­tion of Rebel Yell

Small Batch Rye, banana and straw­berry pulp and a splash of bal­samic vine­gar.

Lo­cated on the eighth floor of the LKF Tower on Wyn­d­ham Street in Cen­tral, Fang Fang's is one of the city's lead­ing ca­sual nightlife spots and aside from its ter­rific col­lec­tion of bev­er­ages of­fers a com­fort­able re­laxed set­ting, mu­sic and an ex­pan­sive menu de­signed to suit any palate.

Fang Fang’s Cock­tail Bar (fang­fang.com.hk)

YEAR OF THE MON­KEY - THE PRANKSTER

YEAR OF THE SNAKE - SEE THROUGH ME

GA­GAN GU­RUNG

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