Experimental drinks and mixed cuisine can go both ways— horribly bad or surprisingly good. As a participant of Singapore Cocktail Festival, Mitzo translates its contemporary Cantonese cuisine into signature cocktails that fortunately fall into the latter category. Head bartender Azlam Kadir isn’t joking when he mentioned visits to the Traditional Chinese Medicine shop for inspiration. With ingredients that include goji berries, chrysanthemum, ginseng and ginger, the drinks are distinctly Asian. If you’re reeling from traumatic childhood flashbacks of times you were forced to down bitter medicine, dispel them.
Take the Camillo Island for instance; An iced ball of pineapple soda and hibiscus water floating in longan red date tea Campari. Put simply, it is a Negroni (whose first name inspires this drink) meets the Singapore Sling. If the first taste is too bitter, give it time as no two sips are the same. Your drink profile is constantly changing due to the slowly-melting frosty island. Benedict Dom is flamed into the mixture to aid the thawing, but the diffused fragrance will make you impatient to try it.
A personal favourite is the Garden of Eden, which is a floral and medicinal mix. It may not take to your initial liking, but it grows on you. Probably the healing Chinese herbs at work. The ingredients are so well infused your tongue won't be able to distinguish among the Eight Treasure Tea, Maraschino Liqueur, lemon juice and jasmine water. It's topped off with a smooth, sweet layer of foam curiously formed by egg white.
No classic remains a classic for long. As such, the quintessential mojito is given a twist with shiso leaves and liqueur. You get the usual sour, but also a hint of ginger ale and rum Osmanthus. Both the Shiso Mojito and the Garden of Eden are available on the menu, but you only have five more days to sample the Camillo Island at the Singapore Cocktail Festival.
Mitzo is located at Level 4 Grand Park, 270 Orchard Road, Singapore 238857. For more inquiries, call 6603 8855.