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We may be stuck at home this National Day but that doesn't mean that we need to give up a good time. Kick back this weekend with some of these locally inspired cocktails

National Day is coming up next week and that means that we are looking at a fabulous three-day long weekend with nothing to do but relax from a hard week of work. In fact, even our big annual National Day Parade has been significantly scaled down as a result of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) which means that we have a lot of time to just chill out at home. 

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While the dining-in ban is certainly a bummer, there is always a silver lining and this one lies in the fact that bars have been bottling their interesting alcoholic concoctions and delivering them right to our doorstep for boozy nights in with the family (or up to two visitors). 

In fact, the restrictions have not stopped our favourite bars from coming up with interesting locally-inspired cocktails that you can enjoy this National Day.

This National Day, why not get into the spirit with some of the best our Singapore baristas have been able to come up with?

From Ah Sam's Cold Drink Stall to Nineteen80 keep scrolling to have a taste of Singapore, distilled into a glass just for you.

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Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall

The simple mention of Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall (ASCDS) probably would conjure up images of tuckshop drink stores from yesteryears. And, that very same quintessential Singaporean nostalgia is reflected in their numerous locally-inspired signature concoctions — like their Tak Qiu cocktail, a Milo infused bourbon old-fashion. 

Just in time for National Day, ASCDS has again expanded their ready-to-serve bottled cocktails with the Bartender’s Forage Cocktail gift set. 

Taking inspiration from beloved Asian ingredients like oolong and orchid, this gift set of 3 bottled signature tipples will leave you oohing and aahing with its floral and earthy flavours. 

In particular, the Vanda Miss Ho-Lim — a cleverly named homage to our national flower Vanda Miss Joaquim — is a delightful floral orchid martini with a citrus-dry finish, a treat for just about anyone.

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Singapore Tourism Board x Craft Gin Club

This year, Singapore Tourism Board is collaborating with Craft Gin Club to celebrate National Day with a Singapore themed gin box. 

The Singapore box includes a 700ml bottle of Singapore’s own Brass Lion gin, a recipe for a truly sinful Singapore Fling as well as a variety of snacks for you to enjoy while you indulge. These snacks include poppadoms from the Singaporean brand, Uncle Saba’s.

The gin box is perfect for yourself or even as a gift for someone you love but haven't seen in a while because of the restrictions. 

Do note that the box is only available to order in the United Kingdom.

Order it here

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The Old Man Singapore

Spirit connoisseurs need no introduction when it comes to The Old Man Singapore which is one of the World’s 50 Best Bars. This National Day, the established haunt is serving up their signature tipples right to your doorstep.

Those wishing to enjoy the beloved cocktails of The Old Man Singapore may order from a line-up of six cocktails, featuring locally-inspired tipples like The Torrents of Spring, a smoky and bittersweet concoction made with glutinous rice mezcal and charcoal.

For something more complex, you will want to try The Sun Also Rises which is a Negroni with an Asian twist, made with a curry leaf infused Beefeater Gin, sweet vermouth sous-vide pandan leaves, and kaffir lime, it will no doubt spice up your National Day revelry.

Order it here.

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Smoke and Mirrors

Smoke and Mirrors Bar typically has an awesome view of the fireworks every year. Unfortunately, with dining-in banned, we won't be able to enjoy a drink while watching our favourite part of the National Day Parade this year. 

Thankfully, Smoke and Mirrors have not left us hanging. In fact, they have prepared a special National Day soiree cocktail flight so you can enjoy the fireworks from your windows or television screens with some of their special cocktails. 

Their package includes four bottled cocktails. The first one is Equilibrium, a Brass Lion gin infused with coffee, Cointreau and milk tea. Next, they have the By the Padang which is a fizzy cocktail filled with Bacardi Anejo cuatro run, apple brandy and spices.

If you are looking for something more simple, they have The Peranakan which is a monkey 47 gin with pandan or 1959 which includes flor de cana rum and chocoberry vermouth.

It's the perfect set to order if you're planning to get tipsy with the whole family. 

Order it here.

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MO Bar

If you are trying to cater to a variety of tastebuds this National Day, you have to try out Mo Bar's latest array of National Day-themed drinks to spice up your weekend for sure.

From August 1 to August 21, MO Bar will be offering up three patriotic cocktails from their menu in their special National Day package. The first cocktail, Roaring, features a light and refreshing combination of vermouth, pineapple tepache and bubbly Prosecco.

Oriental on the other hand is a throwback to a MO Bar classic. It is an exotic mixture of pandan-infused whiskey, mango and coconut. This is something you have to try if you are looking for a more adventurous drink.

For someone who prefers simple cocktails, you'll want to opt for their last creation, Thunder, which features local gin and herbs that is sure to pair well with your favourite hawker classics

Order it here.

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Jigger and Pony

Though our National Day Parade will be postponed to August 21 this year, there will still be a ceremonial parade held on August 9 at the floating platform and it will likely be broadcast all over Singapore as usual. This year, why not kick back with Jigger and Pony's Little Red Dot cocktail while watching the parade from the comfort of your own home.

The bottled cocktail features Monkey 47 gin, Giffard lychee, raspberry, rose and grapefruit. It is a fruity and fresh drink with a bright red hue that will certainly put you in the National Day Spirit.

Order it here.

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Hopscotch

There is no denying the fact that Milo was probably the hallmark of every child growing up in Singapore. From Milo cereal in the mornings to Milo trucks in our school car park during sports days, the taste is a familiar and nostalgic one for all of us. 

Thankfully, Hopscotch has given us a fantastic way to enjoy our favourite chocolate drink as adults with their Milo Medley cocktail. 

Featuring Milo, milk, rum, pink salt, fragrant vanilla, butterscotch schnapps, frangelico and creme de cacao, this is certainly a drink you won't want to hand to your kids. 

Order it here.

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Bitters & Love

What flavour could be more local than the savoury and sweet taste of pandan? This National Day, why not get into the spirit of things with Bitters & Love's Pandan Coconut Negronis.

This unique combination features Geranium gin infused with pandan, sweet vermouth, bounty coconut and sharp chocolate bitters.

The best part is that it can be kept unrefrigerated for up to 6 months so you can enjoy this treat for months after our nation's birthday is over. 

Order it here.

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Gudsht

Inspired by some of the most recognisable national icons, Gudsht is here to help you celebrate National Day — with all things Singaporean.

Influenced by our beloved hawker centres, the Merlion, Phua Chu Kang (played by our very own Gurmit Singh), and our world-famous Marina Bay Sands, GudSht has carefully crafted four limited-edition cocktails based on them. With each libation representing one of the four epochal fixtures of Singaporean culture, so do the ingredients that go into them. 

Take the Shiok Sia cocktail for example. Modelled after our cherished hawker centres, the Shiok Sia takes its name after the quintessential Singaporean expression for sheer enjoyment and features the well-loved flavours of chrysanthemum tea, wolfberry syrup, rose syrup, and lime juice. 

With three other tipples like the Steady Lah, Lepak Ah and Swee Boh, commemorating Singapore's 56th birthday will be nice, relaxing and perfect.

Order it here.

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Trouble Brewing

This National Day, local brewery Trouble Brewing and bottled cocktail brand, Temple Street have teamed up to present a truly local alcoholic concoction just for Singapore's special birthday.

Their first bottled cocktail is the Singapore Sling, a fruity rendition of our traditional Singapore Sling with the addition of almond. All you have to do is to pour it over ice, add a wedge of orange or pineapple and you are ready to kick back and watch the parade. 

If cocktails are not your favourite thing, they also have a limited-edition refreshing Singapore Lager that is light, easy to drink and can be paired with just about anything (though of course, we highly recommend enjoying it with a National Day-inspired burger for peak enjoyment)

Order it here.

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Rails Club

Despite being the newest member on this list to join the bustling bar scene, Rails Club is a purveyor of a signature experience like no other. This steampunk enclave will take you away from the idiosyncratic aesthetics of the genre but also concoctions that carry the very same form.

This National Day, why not try their quirky blend of cognac, amaro and the household must-have Pei Pa Kao? Inspired by the classic intercontinental cocktail, the Apothecary is a local twist of the stiff tipple made with the minty and beloved oriental remedy. 

Order it here.

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Nineteen80

Who can forget the days of watching our parents mix Ribena cordial for us on a hot afternoon or sipping on a carton of the pre-mixed juice in our school canteens with our friends during recess?

If you want a trip down memory lane, try out Nineteen80's boozy take on the drink with their addition of gin, cherry liqueur and coke for a truly unforgettable nostalgic throwback. It's refreshing, sweet and absolutely delicious. 

Order it here

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