Roselle, a plant that’s native to Asia, is known for its Ribena-like qualities. What many don’t realise is its many other properties – it is anti-hypertensive and full of natural antioxidants like vitamin C and anthocyanins. Another plant that’s widely found in Singapore is the bougainvillea, a pesky vine species that enjoys growing over other plants. For what it lacks in manners, it makes up with health benefits like alleviating sore throats, coughs and indigestion.
Gento Torigata, one of the bartenders at Gibson Bar, has taken the best of the two, creating a cocktail out of them. He wants to add a “touch of familiarity” that Singaporeans can identify with, and to do so, he’s kept the drink simple, so as to let the qualities shine. Try it. It’s not difficult, really. Plus, think of all the friends you’d impress at your next dinner party.