To celebrate triumphs, soothe away worries or just to cap off the day—these are some of the many reasons to partake in the delights of gin. If you need one more reason, today is World Gin Day, the official global celebration of the juniper spirit. For your glass of gin, consider the creations of these makers and mixers on Asia’s Most Influential List, who, through their distilleries and bars, are placing Asian-made spirits on the global stage.
CK Kho, Malaysia
Two watering holes by influential bartender CK Kho are ranked in Asia’s Best Bar list. Coley, which is known for contemporary creations inspired by Malaysian flavours, was part of Asia’s 50 Best Bars from 2018 to 2021. More pertinent to World Gin Day is Pahit, the gin-centred Bukit Bintang venue that was named to the Asia’s Best Bars list in 2021.
On the Pahit menu: an array of gins from around the world, from Japan to Australia, and, of course, gin and tonics and cocktails (how about a drink infused with Sakura flower, yuzu peel, and sencha tea?). To further promote the joys of juniper, Pahit hosts guest bartenders and events, including the recently launched Gin Fizz Sunday, a tribute to the iconic Ramos Gin Fizz of the prohibition era.