Inspired by the Golden Age of cocktails, the Manhattan bar at The Regent Singapore pays tribute to the Big Apple with a menu that travels all the way back to the 16th century, when the banks of the Hudson River were being settled by Europeans, to the late 19th century when the city began transforming with the arrival of Italian, Irish and Jewish immigrants.
The final chapter in the menu, Bright Lights, Big City, revisits New York when yuppies, wave, punk and hip hop transformed pop culture in the 1980s and 1990s.
Here in Singapore, though, summer is always in fashion, a fact many of the island's best bartenders are all too aware of when concocting new tipples. It's also why this original from Manhattan’s Philip Bischoff is the quintessential summery cocktail. Dubbed The Veit, it is a sparkly pink drink with gin, bitters and grenadine that is all too easy to make.
(Related: Happy Hour With… Philip Bischoff)
How to make The Veit
50 ml Monkey 47 Sloe Gin
25 ml Lemon juice
20 ml Grenadine
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
20 ml Egg white
30 ml Seltzer water
1. Pour all ingredients in a shaker (without the seltzer).
2. Dry shake without ice first and then shake with ice cubes until chilled.
3. Pour into a Collins glass.
4. Add a large cube or ice cubes.
5. Garnish with (frozen) lemon twist and dry French rose.