8 Interesting Cocktails With A Local Twist You Should Try In Singapore

Interesting Cocktails

The number of cocktail bars in Singapore has been increasing stealthily to meet the growing community of discerning drinkers. These bars are more often than not a hole-in-the-wall and you probably would have overlooked them in the day. An unassuming camouflaged entrance seems almost deliberate to ward off those who did not put in the extra effort to scout for the gateway to divine cocktails.

While classics such as Old Fashioned and Manhattan have been on every bar’s menu since our granny’s times, a new wave of Asian-fusion exotic selections, such as Kuvo’s prawn noodles cocktail and Bitters & Love’s crowd-pleaser kaya toast cocktail, has entered Singapore’s burgeoning bar scene in the recent years.

These unorthodox concoctions are the brainchild of Singaporean bartenders who have not forgotten their roots. The unique alcoholic beverages truly deserve extra commendation for overcoming the near-impossible uphill task of integrating local flavours into delicious cocktails.

Here is our guide to 8 interesting cocktails with a local twist in Singapore that you should try!


For non-Singaporeans, Vanda Miss Joaquim is the name of Singapore’s national flower. This beautiful concoction was named after Singapore’s orchid and Bar Stories’ bartender David Koh was largely inspired by the ingredients he had seen around Chinatown. Miss Joaquim (S$23) is mixed Barsol Pisco Selecto Torontel, Fair Goji Liqueur, Giffard Organic Four Berry Liqueur, ginger, lemon juice, homemade osmanthus syrup, egg white and raspberries, before being garnished with cut raspberry, edible flowers and lychee pearls.

57A Haji Lane, 2nd Floor
Singapore 189250
Tel: +65 6298 0838
Mon to Thu: 3pm – 1am
Fri to Sat: 3pm – 2am
Mon: 3pm – 1am
Nearest Station: Bugis

Kaya Toast Cocktail


Bitters and Love’s Kaya Toast Cocktail (S$23) is interestingly contained in a kaya jam jar and served with a dollop of kaya jam on plain white bread. The main ingredient – kaya jam – itself is a sugary treat, with its main ingredients being eggs, coconut milk and sugar. Together with english breakfast tea, Mount Gay Rum, peach liqueur, honey, fresh lemon juice, egg white and more kaya jam, the local dessert cocktail is created. The overall taste is endearingly sweet and refreshing on the tongue.

118 Telok Ayer Street
Singapore 068587
Tel: +65 6438 1836
Mon to Thu: 6pm – 12am
Fri to Sat: 6pm – 2am
Sun: Closed
Nearest Station: Telok Ayer

Pe Pa Gao


Pi Pa Gao is a traditional Chinese medicine best known for its medicinal benefits of relieving a cough and sore throat. Ding Dong has infused the herbal loquat syrup into an edgy cocktail and named it Pi Pa Gao (S$23).

Adding Diplomatic Rum, Calamansi and Johnnie Walker Black Label, the seemingly bizarre concoction is served in a slanted glass. The taste of the scotch whisky is dominant, but you can still detect traces of Pi Pa Gao. If you would like an alcoholic beverage that soothes the throat, this one is definitely for you.

23 Ann Siang Road
Singapore 069703
Tel: +65 6884 6884
Mon to Fri: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 12am
Sat: 6pm – 12am
Closed: Sun
Nearest Station: Telok Ayer

Jekyll & Hyde


If you are a fan of both cocktails and soybean pudding, Jekyll & Hyde’s beancurd cocktail is a must-try on your next night out. Made from the popular Lao Ban Tao Hway, Jekyll & Hyde’s team makes it a point to buy fresh soy beancurd from Maxwell Food Centre’s Lao Ban.

Shaking the tao huay with butterscotch syrup, hazelnut liquor, kaya and vodka, the resulting texture is delightfully soft. Served in a cute ceramic Chinese tea cup, the drink is extremely easy to drink and is great for those with low alcohol tolerance levels.

49 Tras Street
Singapore 078988
Tel: +65 6222 3349
Mon to Thu: 6pm – 12am
Fri to Sat: 6pm – 1am
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar

Kuvo CocktailsPhoto Source: KUVO Singapore


We all know about the much raved about local delicacy prawn noodles, but we bet it’s not everyday that you get to hear about the famous dish being transformed into a cocktail! The unorthodox Prawn Noodle Cocktail (S$20) is indeed mostly made with ingredients that you will find in a piping hot bowl of prawn noodles. But if that is too exotic to your liking, you can simply tell the bartenders what you fancy and they will create a drink specially suited to your preference!

321 Orchard Road
#02-01 Orchard Shopping Centre
Singapore 238866
Tel: +65 6733 8272
Sun to Thu: 12pm to 1am
Fri to Sat: 12pm to 2am
Nearest Station: Somerset

Asian Cocktails


Mitzo is well known for their Asian-inspired cocktails and it is Chrysanthemum Empress Sour (S$20) that captivated our hearts. The simple liqueur concoction is an alternative take on the classic whisky sour – Beefeater Gin has been infused and shaken with chrysanthemum flowers, dashes of lavender bitters, egg white, fresh lemon juice and ginger syrup. The result is a pleasantly sweet alcoholic beverage with floral hues.

270 Orchard Road
Grand Park Orchard
Singapore 238857
Tel: +65 6603 8855
Daily: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm to 12midnight
Nearest Station: Somerset

Asian inspired cocktails


Forget your typical apple and peach martinis. Opus Bar & Grill has rolled out an exciting new cocktail that will tantalise your tastebuds. All hail the Kaya Toast Martini (S$20) – the mildly sweet concoction has been created with barley water, kaya jam, Ketel One Vodka and lemon juice, topped with a kaya-smeared bread toast.

Besides the Kaya Toast Martini, Opus Bar also has a range of Asian-inspired cocktails such as Miso Soup, Tom Yum, and Durian cocktails.

581 Orchard Road
Hilton Singapore
Singapore 238883
Tel: 65 6730 3390
Daily: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Orchard Road

The Secret Mermaid


The secret hidden gem near Raffles Place MRT has a signature Milo-infused cocktail that will instantly wake your worn out minds and bodies. Moonshine Mylo (S$15) is simply made with distilled moonshine spirit, milo powder, water and corn whisky. It is served in a bottle but tastes nothing like a beer or cider.

10 Collyer Quay, #B1-08
Ocean Financial Centre
Singapore 049315
Mon to Fri: 5pm – 11pm
Sat to Sun: Closed
Nearest Station: Raffles Place

About the writer:
Hui Jun Ng is a staff writer for ladyironchef. She previously worked in the food and marketing industry. She loves traveling and enjoys exploring underrated destinations. In her free time, you will find her indulging in coffee and her all time favourite local dish – bak chor mee.