Who Will Be Taking Over The Bar At The Next Friends Of Manhattan Series 2019?
Since its inception in 2016, imbibers have been looking forward to the Friends of Manhattan Series, which has featured some of the world’s best bartenders—from Roman Foltan, formerly of acclaimed Artesian Bar in London and Atlas in Singapore, to Jesse Estes, Ocho Tequila’s brand ambassador.
For the next edition taking place on September 3 (7pm until late), head mixologist Giorgio Bargiani and assistant bar manager Maura Milia of The Connaught Bar will be taking over the bar to serve up their signature concoctions.
The most iconic is The Connaught Martini, created 11 years ago when the bar opened. It’s crafted from the famed bar trolley, which will be recreated at Manhattan on that night, where guests can freely customise their drink by choosing their natural essence bitter. This is followed by a mixture of vermouths stirred with gin or vodka, then poured from a height to reveal the delicious aromas and flavours.
And then there’s The Goodfellas, featuring cardamom-infused Maker’s Mark bourbon combined with Martini Riserva Speciale Rubino, black cardamom syrup, balsamic vinegar, Abbott’s bitters for a potent finish with a pleasantly bitter aftertaste.
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The last two—but definitely not the least—are A Beautiful Mind, which is more on the citrusy side with its blend of Roku Gin, Fallen Empirical spirit, clarified pineapple juice and soda water; and Amberblack.
If you love something with a stronger kick, you’ll definitely enjoy the latter, made with coffee and coconut-infused Haku Vodka, Muyu Jasmine Verte (a liqueur made using natural ingredients inspired by the Amazon), Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto liqueur, and bitters made with the korerima (cardamom) spice and soda.
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And if you need any more reasons to join this not-to-be-missed event, know that the series is bringing together two legends. The Connaught Bar was given the Heering Legend of the List accolade at The World’s 50 Best Bars 2018 awards, having been part of the prestigious ranking for nine years.
Manhattan remains Singapore’s best bar, despite dropping to second at the Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019 after holding the top spot for two consecutive years. It was also named Legend of the List, a title given to bars which have shown consistency over the years.
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