With 49 cocktails by 18 guest mixologists on offer, the Festival is your best bet at sampling the endless creativity of Hong Kong's bar talents

Aside from an exciting line-up of 12 world-class bars who will be present for the whole duration of the Hong Kong Cocktail Festival, a rotating programme of guest mixologists will be shaking up a storm at KIN Food Halls. With a whopping 49 cocktails by 18 guest mixologists on offer, there's a kaleidoscope of flavours waiting for you between June 30 and July 3, 2022.

Representing a diverse cross-section of Hong Kong's vibrant bar industry, check out the full line-up of guest mixologists below. Don't miss out either on our masterclasses that are sure to up your drinking game, or the delectable brunch dishes exclusive to the festival's day sessions.

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Natalie Lau, London Essence

Having bartended at the American Bar at London's Savoy Hotel as well as at Hong Kong's The Old Man, Natalie is a seasoned hand who now represents British mixer brand London Essence.

Session: June 30, 6pm–9.30pm

Cocktails

  • Local Garden: Two Moons Calamansi Gin, Wing Wo Honey, Mints, Lemon, London Essence Indian Tonic

  • Morada Fizz: Blended Scotch Whisky, Okra, Chicha Morada Syrup, Lemon, London Essence Ginger Beer

  • Life’s Peachy: Gin, Lychee Syrup, Lemon, London Essence White Peach & Jasmine Soda

Cynthia Wong, Shady Acres & Honky Tonks Tavern

Since 2019, Cynthia has tended bar at The Shady Acres on Peel Street, propelling it to 68th place on this year's 51-100 Best list by Asia's 50 Best Bars.

Session: June 30, 6pm–9.30pm

Cocktails

  • Taro Reading: Appleton Rum, Montelobos Mezcal, Taro, Strawberry, Watercress, Coconut Milk, Clarified

  • The Wild Card: House-made Lemongrass & Passion Fruit Curd-washed Bourbon, Banana Oleo, Cardamom Bitters, Angostura Bitters

Taki Li, The St. Regis Bar

A bronze medallist at the 2021 edition of Diageo World Class Hong Kong & Macau, Taki Li is a force to be reckoned with at The St. Regis Hong Kong.

Session: July 1, 12pm–2.30pm

Cocktails

  • Canto Mary: Mancino Vermouth Secco, Grey Goose Vodka, Tosolino Grappa Smoked, Canto Mary Mix, Tomato

  • BLK6: Johnnie Walker Black Label, Hojicha Sansho Cordial, Olive Brine, Soda Water

  • Hung Shing Ye: Grey Goose Vodka, Pineapple, Cucumber, Citrus, Coconut Milk Wash, Oyster Leaf, St Regis Vetiver Aroma

Delphine Kong, Dr. Fern's Gin Parlour

The assistant bar manager at Dr. Fern's, Delphine is also an avid DJ who performs regularly at The Social Den.

Session: July 1, 12pm–2.30pm

Cocktails

  • Enzoni: Mom Gin, Campari, Sweat & Sour Mix, Grapes

  • Chocolate Martinez: West Wind Sabre Gin, Cacao Liqueur, Sweet Vermouth, Chocolate Bitters

  • Chamomile Collins: Porcelain Mandarin Gin, Chamomile Cordial, Yuzu, Soda

Gagan Gurung, Tell Camellia & Barcode

A veteran in the bar scene, Gagan is the proprietor of two bars—Tell Camellia and Barcode—while also designing the beverage programme for Zzura.

Session: July 1, 5pm–7.30pm

Cocktails

  • Tall Pine: Sencha Green Tea, Pine, Shiso, Gin, Tonic

  • Australia: Australian Black Tea, Blue Cheese, Strawberry, Whiskey

  • Tea Time: White Tea, Raspberry Juice, Oatmeal, Honey, Vodka

Alvin Lee, The Old Man

Recently placed in the top 6 for Diageo World Class Hong Kong & Macau, Alvin is a fresh face in the bar industry who also has a passion for movies and film photography.

Session: July 1, 5pm–7.30pm

Cocktails

  • Doomsday: Vetiver Whisky, Jasmine And Grapefruit Sherry, Tonka Gum, Lemon

  • Guava Gimlet: Pink Guava And Gin Distillate, Pomelo Tea Cordial

  • Chapter One: Scotch, Fermented Fig, Bergamot

  • Perrier Vetiver Highball: Vetiver Rye, Perrier, Lemon

Alexander Ko, Draftland

As the beverage development manager for Tastings Group, Alexander aids Quinary, Draftland, The Envoy, and Room 309 in creating new and exciting cocktails. He also recently launched Chako, a canned cocktail brand, with group co-founder Antonio Lai.

Session: July 1, 9pm–11.30pm

Cocktails

  • Lady Marmalade: Ketel One, Lacto Strawberry, Fermented Honey, Yuzu Marmalade, Sumac, Szechuan Pepper

  • Thrift Shop: Tanqueray Ten, Pickled Lemon, Marigold, Osmanthus, Maekgolli

  • Uptown Funk: Johnnie Walker Black Label, Koji Banana, Chrysanthemum, Amontillado, Hop Bitters

Birstacla Wong, Penicillin

Having recently moved to Penicillin, Birstacla already has under her belt a special accolade from the Taste Wars Ryukyu 1429 cocktail competition. She's also passionate about tattoo art and fashion design.

Session: July 1, 9pm–11.30pm

Cocktails

  • BirsInk: Zacapa 23, Homemade Black Sesame Syrup, Coffee Liqueur, Bitters

  • Bright: Ketel One, Peach Tea, Yuzu, Chiran Tea Umeshu

Bryan Benitez, Ozone

As head mixologist at The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong's sky-high bar, Bryan has an envious perch from which to make cocktails. His entry for Hennessy's My Way cocktail competition was recently included inn the global top 40 ranking.

Session: July 2, 12pm–2.30pm

Cocktails

  • Husk-Rumble Negroni: Tanqueray Gin, Strawberry Sous-vide Campari, Mancino Rosso Sous-vide Cacao Husk

  • Citrus Heart: Tanqueray Gin, Milk-clarified Kumquat-Aperol, Grapefruit, Lemon Oleo Saccharrum, Tanqueray Citrus Heart Bitters

  • “Tagay”: Tanqueray Gin, Calamansi Sherbet, Perrier

Umesh Gurung, Potato Head

Currently the bar manager of Potato Head Hong Kong, Umesh is a veteran of the industry who has won the regional title in the Black Cow Vodka Gold Top Cup competition, as well as being the back-to-back champion of Angostura's Versus battle in 2018 and 2019.

Session: July 2, 12pm–2.30pm

Cocktails

  • Tropics Old Fashioned: Coconut Fat-washed Bourbon, Pineapple Skin Syrup, Archipelago Bitters

  • Sulawesi Spritz: Aperotivo, Vermouth, Orange Shrub, Sparkling Wine, Soda

  • Barong Zombie: Nusa Cana Spiced Rum, Pineapple Arak, Havana 3 Year, Falernum, Cherry Liqueur, splash of Absinthe, Coconut, Sugarcane, Citrus, Pineapple Juice, Passionfruit, Bitters

Beckaly Franks, The Pontiac & Quality Goods Club

A native of Portland, Oregon, Beckaly is an unmissable figure in the local bar scene, having opened two epicentres of American-style hospitality: The Pontiac and Quality Goods Club.

Session: July 2, 5pm–7.30pm

Cocktails

  • Hobnail: Blended Scotch, Averna, Ginger

  • Frozen Martini: Plymouth Gin, Absolut Elyx, Cocchi Americano, Young Coconut Water

  • Dope Slap: Pisco, Banana, Lemon, Laphroaig 10

Sandeep Hathiramani, Thirsty Shaker

Affable and accommodating, Sandeep is the driving force behind Thirsty Shaker and partner at The Wise King, as well as the father of one adorable Corgi named Archie.

Session: July 2, 5pm–7.30pm

Cocktails

  • Salty B**ch: Coconut Soda, Pandan, Sea Salt, Bitter Orange, Gin

  • Lai Zi Martini: Lychee, Fortified Wine, Jasmine, Gentian, Gin

  • Double or Nothing: Melon, Papaya, Citrus, Mascarpone Foam, Vodka

Wing Chan, Perfume Trees Gin

Having worked behind the scenes in the spirits trade as well as behind the bar at Dr. Fern's and Lounge Hakuba, Wing is currently an ambassador for the homegrown Perfume Trees Gin. He is also a WSET 2 holder.

Session: July 2, 9pm–11.30pm

Cocktails

  • PS Tonic: Perfume Trees Gin, Shiso Liqueur, Lemon, Tonic

  • DeTemp: Perfume Trees Gin, Herbal Vermouth, Domain De Canton, Perrier Ginger & Lime

  • HKL: Pale Ink, Sugar-free Coke, Fresh Lime

Leo Ko, Alibi – Wine Dine Be Social

Heading the cocktail programme at Cordis Hotel's Alibi is Leo, who has been a steady presence and a proponent of Japanese mixology at the Mong Kok bar for the past decade.

Session: July 2, 9pm–11.30pm

Cocktails

  • Kudamono: Umenoyado Gin Yuzu Liqueur, Sakura Liqueur, Fresh Lemon Juice, Peach, Jasmine Soda

  • Sweet Corn Sour: The Shirasagi Whisky, Home-made Sweet Corn Honey, Fresh Lemon Juice, Egg White, Bitters

  • Coffee Milk Punch: Cold-brewed Hong Kong Coffee, Hayman's Royal Dock Navy Strength Gin, Clarified Milk Punch

Samuel Kwok, CNY Bar

The former bar manager of Quinary, Samuel recently struck out with the opening of CNY Bar, a cocktail den dedicated to Hong Kong's audiophiles.

Session: July 3, 11am–2.30pm

Cocktails

  • EVE For Speed: Pampelle, Cocchi Rosa, Orange Juice, Eve Recovery Soda

  • Booster: Tequila Blanco, Agave Syrup, Calamansi, Coriander, Eve Recovery Soda

Athena Chiu, Lillet

In a more unconventional career arc than most, Athena was a flight attendant for the likes of Emirates, Cathay Pacific and Virgin Atlantic up until last October, when she made the jump to Pernod Ricard to become the brand ambassador for Lillet. She is also a holder of WSET 3 and a French Wine Scholar.

Session: July 3, 11am–2.30pm

Cocktails

  • Summer Eve: Lillet, Pineapple Earl Grey Cordial, Coconut Water, Eve Recovery Soda

  • Elderflower Spritz: Lillet, Elderflower Syrup, Eve Recovery Soda

Daniel Eun, OBP.

Hailing from Los Angeles, Daniel is the beverage director for Westside Hospitality, a group which began with 11 Westside and The Wilshire Bar but has since expanded into OBP., Dam:a Noodle Bar, Westside Taqueria, and 1st & Beaudry.

Session: July 3, 6pm–9.30pm

Cocktails

  • 모래시계 Hourglass: Ryuh Soju, Vedrenne Passionfruit, Fernet Hunter, Yakult, Black Tea, Pineapple, Lemon 

  • 드림하이볼 Dream Highball: Johnny Walker Black, Yuzu, Basao Honey & Orchid Wudong Dancong Oolong Tea, Amaro Nonino

Jade Lau, Pernod Ricard

A whisky and tattoo fanatic, Jade helped to launch the coffee-forward cocktail menu at Doubleshot by Cupping Room. More recently, she has joined Pernod Ricard as the brand ambassador for Chivas and other specialty brands.

Session: July 3, 6pm–9.30pm

Cocktails

  • Eve: Chivas XV, Dried Longan, Monk Fruit Cordial, Eve Recovery Soda, 10% Saline Solution

  • Adam: Chivas XV, Winter Melon Syrup, Eve Recovery Soda, Msg Solution

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