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Topsy Turvy

Topsy Turvy

We are the generation that drinks coffee as if it's water, and drink vodka as if it's coffee 

Alicia Ho
Alicia Ho

Great ambience and chill vibes, perfect way to end off the day. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

First of the Progressive Cocktails I tried - The Mojito No. 5, is a safe choice for the less adventurous, as it was decently sweet with a very faint alcohol taste. Comprising of rum, blackberry, lychee, lime juice and mint, this is a fruity concoction that will certainly win the hearts of all sweet toothers and those who prefer something light. ⁣⁣⁣

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Next up I have the Thyme Lemonade, which evident from the name, consists of thyme and lemon juice (duh~), and a very strong vodka taste. The staff was explaining how the alcohol taste will only be apparent once it slides down your throat, but nope, at first mouth the vodka smell hits you in the face.⁣

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Situated at a corner of Botanical Gardens, those travelling via public transport can alight at the park's entrance and enjoy a nice stroll in while taking in the park's floral display. Once you've arrived at the Garage, go up the stairs to the second level where Botanico is at. Featuring a lush interior, they also have an 'alfresco' bar where it's half air conditioned too. Arrived early and hence called the shots on our sitting area, I opted for the indoor space. The staff was extremely friendly, recommending drinks while we (my friend arrived shortly after) were waiting for the rest. What I've got here is their Progressive Cocktail, the Garage Gin'onic - which is a concoction made up of gin, tonic and elderflower. It’s an alcoholic drink in the form of jello and nicely plated for Instagram likes. Talk about starting the day on a high note 🥂 ⁣⁣

An Unusual Wake Up Call is, well, unusual, given the ingredients used to make up this concoction. Comprising of Hendrick’s Gin, Lime Juice, Rosemary Syrup, Egg White and Chili Padi, some may frown at the thought of a spicy cocktail, but their rendition here is bound to make you think twice. At the first sip, the gin and chili blended together nicely, but soon that slow, slight hint of chilli that flowed down my throat was warming and exciting. The heat wasn’t too much till it put my mouth on fire, but just enough to make known its presence. An Unusual Wake Up Call indeed.⁣


Thanks jekyllandhyde.sg for the hospitality, and burpple for the invite!⁣⁣⁣

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An interesting name that caught the attention of everyone at the table. Served in that old school coffee cup, it does bring back fond memories of the past, served along with the jewel gem snack I loved so much when I was a kid. This concoction comprises of coffee infused scotch, Guinness Stout reduction foam, Cardamom Bitters and sweetened with maple syrup. Both a coffee and a cocktail, this might just be the cuppa you need after brunch. ⁣

Thanks @jekyllandhyde.sg for the hospitality, and @burpple for the invite!⁣

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For ladies (and gentleman) who dislike alcohol for its bitter undertones, you can opt for the Lady In Red, which is a fruity concoction that is both light and refreshing. Forming the base is the Raspberry Infused Vodka and Lychee Liqueur, mixed in with Rose Syrup and Lemon Juice which balances out all that sweetness. One thing my partying days have taught me (I’m old now) is that, sweet drinks are not what it seems. It is easy to forget that there is alcohol in it, since the sweetness of the syrup seemed to have seemingly coverup the taste of alcohol, so go easy on it (of course, a glass or 2 isn’t going to give you a hangover the next day.)⁣

It comes with an ‘ice cube’ that changes colour and quite frankly, got annoying after a while, so I turned it off. ⁣

Thanks @jekyllandhyde.sg for the hospitality, and @burpple for the invite!⁣

An ode to Chrysanthemum tea, this is like an alcoholic version of chrysanthemum tea which one simply cannot say no to. With Chrysanthemum Infused Gin, Suze, Orange Bitters and their secret beauty syrup, you wouldn’t want to give this a miss. This drink also vaguely reminds me of a ‘Liang teh’⁣

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One of the more popular cocktails, forming the base is undoubtedly the Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch, along with lemon, Honey Syrup to sweeten things a little and Ginger Beer Foam for a little spice and warmth in your belly.⁣

Aesthetically on point, this is a fancy cup of delicious mix of rum and whiskey. And as if it wasn’t smokey enough, the flask was filled with smoke for that additional touch. Amaretto was added in to sweeten things up and balance out all that smokiness, tied together with a measure of cherry syrup and black walnut bitters.⁣

Thanks @jekyllandhyde.sg for the hospitality, and @burpple for the invite!⁣⁣

One of my favourites here, the Sesame Street is a delicious concoction that is both creamy and nutty, comprising of vodka, black sesame, coconut cream and ginger pandan syrup that goes down smoothly.⁣

Not featured here is the Rest My Case. Calling all negroni lovers, this is a drink you wouldn’t want to miss. The classic Negroni, with its recipe of equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, is a fine cocktail. Gin may be the very foundation for the Negroni, but swap it out for Mezcal and you get this cup right here. The Mezcal provides a smoky twist on the original cocktail, and its earthy undertones plays nicely with the bracing Campari. ⁣

Thanks @jekyllandhyde.sg for the hospitality, and @burpple for the invite!⁣⁣⁣⁣

Situated inconspicuously along the streets of Telok Ayer, it’s easy to miss the entrance to Kabuke. Going up the dimly lit staircase, you’ll see a plain looking door with no indication that it’s the shop entrance. Open it and you’ll be greeted with red neon lights and sleek modern decor.
Seated in a seductively lit bar, sipping on sake and enjoying some appetisers while patrons around me speak in rather hushed tones. This feels just like a scene right out of a Hong Kong movie

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