Quench your thirst with our bi-weekly recommendations of alcoholic tipples that please

Even with dining restrictions during the coronavirus crisis, Singapore still remains an exciting place for drinks and small get-togethers. But when you are stuck at home with a lack of stimulating social interactions beyond your kitchen plants, it’s hard to think of anything other than your usual takeaway places. So while your Zoom meetings might be rather insipid, your cocktails don’t have to be. Since there’s nothing better than some great to-go drinks to stave off the fog and midweek ennui, here are our top picks to get the (house) party started.

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1. Lyre’s

Available now in select Cold Storage outlets and on their e-commerce site, Lyre’s canned cocktails allow imbibers an alternative to their favourite alcoholic drinks. This season, three new flavours have been added to their portfolio of meticulously crafted non-alcoholic spirits. There is G&T, Amalfi Spritz, and Classico. For the cynics who wonder if these canned versions measure up to the original cocktails, they will be pleasantly surprised to know that they look and taste exactly the same. Apart from the non-alcoholic benefit, these refreshing tipples are vegan, nut-free, and gluten-free. And the best part? They come with a calorie count of less than 69 per can. Order here.

2. Kiki’s Reserve

Kiki’s hand-crafted bottled cocktails are a real delight. The osmanthus yuzu gin, lavender raspberry gin and negroni are all equally excellent choices to cure the pandemic blues. Also, animal lovers will be glad to know that Kiki’s is currently having a special collaboration with SPCA where 10 per cent of the proceeds from their passionfruit blossom sake cocktail will go to the organisation. The bottle itself is a real keepsake, with its adorable label inspired by SPCA’s very iconic donation box. Order here.

Kiki's Reserve | 178 Clemenceau Ave, B1-00 Haw Par Glass Tower, S(239926) | 6904 4019

3. 28 HongKong Street

In a year that’s been so difficult for restaurants and bars, the care and attention poured into 28 HongKong Street’s cocktails feel more special than ever. Their house specialities like the mezcal negroni, lazy bear, and the spicy-sweet harvest moon now come in 250ml bottles so you can have them nicely stocked up at home. Apart from drinks, 28 HongKong Street is also offering a virtual cocktail experience for those who miss having a good party with their friends. Enjoy their signature cocktails, together with delicious snacks and an exciting playlist that will get everyone grooving. Order here.

28 HongKong Street

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4. Barbary Coast

Barbary Coast’s drinks are all great, especially the three drunk uncles and dirty thirty, but it is their no sleep coast that really captures the heart. Their exquisite ballroom cocktails are now packaged for bottled delivery so you can enjoy a cocktail or two in the comfort of your own living room. If cocktails don’t strike your fancy, a selection of exclusive wines and champagnes are available for the picking too. Order here.

Barbary Coast  |16 N Canal Road, S(048828) |  8869 4798

5. Gudsht

Missing some local dessert? Have it in the form of a cocktail. The cheng tng gao from Gudsht is beguilingly subtle and just the right amount of sweet. Laced with pandan, barley and coffee, this flavoursome drink excites the palate in the most unexpected way. For the indecisive lot, try the ​mini cocktail bundle which comprises six different flavours: frooty booty, nacho hombrè, unicorn barf, rita's marga, red sangrila utama and keekapow. ​​All of it is good—like a music album with no bad songs. My favourite though, is the unicorn barf, with its lingering notes of yuzu and the faint scent of sweet plums. The fruity keekapow with its spicy aftertaste is a sleeper hit too. Order here.

GudSht@Cineleisure I 8 Grange Rd, #01-04, S(239695) | 8683 3052

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