I used to order cocktails when I dine at restaurants but these days, I get my fix at a cocktail bar such as SIX Bangsar. Reason being, a restaurant is more likely to serve you a less stellar cocktail than a bar that specialises in cocktails. Cocktails to me, can be divided into two categories – good and not so good. You either like it or you don’t.
A cocktail that you finish because you don’t want to waste alcohol, is not good. I’ve had cocktails that were ickily sweet that I never want to order it again. Few mixologists have gotten it right for me but when they do, I keep going back. SIX Bangsar is one of them and they just launched five new cocktails + one Christmas special this month. That makes it SIX. :)
Imran’s 6 Eggs Short Of A Basket (RM25 nett) is SIX’s take on the traditional Christmas eggnog, made with spiced rum, house creamy custard infused with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. This swizzle is an easygoing affair – a holiday drink that is perfect with a Christmas stollen. They also offer a non-alcoholic version (6 Eggs Short Of A Shot) but that wouldn’t be as fun. It’s RM18 nett if you still want to give that a go.
The 6 Hit Wonder (RM36 nett) is a wicked combination of aged tequila infused with lemongrass and kaffir leaves, a potent touch of Vermouth and Aperol and house bitters, tamed by the sweetness of organic agave nectar. The ingredients used have the right pedigree – an important factor is determining the line between good and not so good.
6 Times a Lady (RM36 nett) tastes like a local mojito where Imran infuses the rum with pandan and selected Mexican Reposado, tops off the cocktail with a shaving of ginger and coconut, and a spray of house bitters. At first sip, the drink is tangy and the creamy swirl of tropical goodness hits you as the zest settles.
Back to Square 6 (RM42 nett) really hit the spot for me. It is minimalistic and manly; a cocktail that you finish voluntarily. It’s essentially a tipple of Hendricks Gin with a generous splash of Shochu Wanko. I love the touch of salted syrup Imran created as it really complements the cucumber bitters. Definitely not for lightweights as there’s 21% alcohol in each glass – a salty, sweet and potent cocktail.
Another favourite of mine is The Lesser of 6 Evils (RM38 net) because it contains vodka, infused with black truffle. This is amazing stuff as the truffle scent was well present, further enhanced with a drop of lime, syrup and lemon zest. Imran adds in an egg white for body and silkiness and you drink this Martini style. There are two sides to drink from – lemon side for a burst of zest, or the truffle side for that earthy aroma. Go for the latter. :)
Cloud 6 (RM38 nett) is a fruity concoction with lavender and apple, with Singleton Single Malt whisky for a grown-up feel. I call this a very alcoholic Dr. Pepper, minus the syrup-y sweet nature of the soft drink. The cocktails are available from December onwards and if you’re in the mood for something different, get Imran to surprise you. He always does!
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