It’s been barely nine months since Jigger & Pony moved into its new home at Amara Hotel, but here they are with a new cocktail menu.
Then again, this is the bar that jumped 33 spots to number 9 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019—Jigger & Pony is not one to rest on its laurels.
Discovery is part of this menu’s ‘Let’s Drink Better’ ethos, with a focus on showcasing spirits not conventionally involved in cocktail-making: eau de vie, rhum agricole (rum made from sugar cane juice, instead of the usual molasses-based white and dark rums) and shochu. Case in point? Williams Cooler ($23), a highball made elegant with subtle hints of freshly cut pear, achieved by substituting whisky with two Williams Pear brandies.
Barley Manhattan ($23) is another intriguing one to consider, with pure barley shochu thrown into the fray. The prominent toastiness and that dry shochu buzz makes it not quite a Manhattan as we know it, but also very intriguing: Keep nursing it, and it starts to show an incredibly comforting, cocoa-like maltiness.
June Bug ($23), typically a saccharine tropical number, is finessed into a sour, with soju, awamori (a rice liquor unique to Okinawa), coconut rum and house-made midori. It’s remarkably clean and refreshing, but the biggest reason to order is to have an excuse to sample the midori—unlike the artificial-tasting commercial variety, this one brims with the natural sweetness of cantaloupe and honeydew.
Lobby, Amara Singapore, 165 Tanjong Pagar Road. Tel: 9621 1074
This article was first published in Wine & Dine May/June 2019: Game-Changing Innovations.