To anyone who’s made it through Dry January with a clean conscience and a clear head, we tip our hats to you. While we all know it shouldn’t be too hard to say no to an evening (or lunchtime) tipple, the reality is that when everyone around you is saying yes to a glass of red or a quick beer it can be a real test of willpower to resist caving in. So, if you’ve made it 31 days and remain without a 2018 hangover, we salute you.
How best to end your self-imposed booze ban? You could very well continue on your current course – after all, you’ve come this far and still have friends, plus your bank balance is probably feeling a little healthier. But to anyone who’s looking to raise an alcoholic glass to their success, we’re here to make your first drink a good one.
MO Bar at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
We’re ordering: Vesper
They know how to shake up a first-class version of James Bond’s drink at MO Bar. The Vesper is our perfect after-work aperitif, a powerful entry tempered with the long smooth finish makes this a faultless (not to mention sophisticated) order for your first sip.
Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour
We’re ordering: Gin and Tonic
Move aside Hendricks, it’s time to trade up to Sipsmith gin brewed in a London micro-distillery. Complex and aromatic, Dr. Fern’s serves this premium gin with only the best selection of tonics so you can ensure your choice will truly shine. Slip in after work and enjoy it in good company.
The Old Man
We’re ordering: Death in the Afternoon
It’s in a bar inspired by Ernest Hemingway and it’s named after one of his greatest literary triumphs. We loved it before we even tried it. With a lethal mix of absinthe, sparkling wine and coconut-pandan yogurt, this isn’t one for the faint-hearted but it sure will make a statement for your first 2018 tipple.
We’re ordering: Old Fashioned
Whisky aficionados know the secret to the best Old Fashioned is not just the ingredients, but, as importantly, it’s in the time it takes to make. One of the only speakeasies we know that is actually hard to find, 001 knows how to make it properly. This is one to savour.
Wherever you choose
We’re ordering: Champagne
All roads lead to champagne, so they say. Well they don’t say that, but they ought to. If you want to taste simple elegance and sheer pleasure, then there’s no reason to stray from a classic glass of fizz. Whether you want it with a view at Cé La Vi or in old-school style at Grand Hyatt, you can’t go wrong with this timeless drinking choice.