Whether in a relaxed lounge at home or in a dimmed bar, one of the best ways to unwind after a long day is with a cocktail in hand and feeling that sense of “aaah”. When it comes to pouring a drink, Hilton’s 2022 global trends report found tequila continues to dominate the spirit industry in the U.S. and many other parts of the world, while in Southeast Asia, gin is the drink of choice. Meanwhile, the sober curiosity movement is picking up speed around the world, with low-to-no ABV cocktails and Cocktail Zero menus rising in popularity.
“A perfectly crafted cocktail can add an extra spark to a hotel or dining experience. As our guests’ preferences have evolved, we’ve continued to cater to their needs by refining our food and beverage offerings globally,” said Alexandra Jaritz, senior vice president of brand management at Hilton, Asia Pacific.
Straight up, frozen, on the rocks or virgin, Hilton’s hotel bartenders and mixologists are eager to create concoctions that will have you sipping pretty. Below is just a sampling of some of the most anticipated cocktails available to you at Hilton Asia Pacific properties this season:
Monday Negroni from Hilton Goa Resort
Coco mixologist Rasikta Kamble of Hilton Goa Resort is seeing even the most avid cocktail connoisseurs taking a more levelled approach towards drinks appreciation – especially as zero-proof spirits offer the same levels of craft production without any compromise on taste. This summer, Kamble feels this modern Monday Negroni will be a popular request.
Illusion from Waldorf Astoria Bangkok
In Thailand, mixologists at The Loft at Waldorf Astoria Bangkok suggest the Illusion for savoury summer sipping. Named for its duality, the Illusion is light in appearance but packs a real punch in flavour and strength, serving as the ideal refresher for the upcoming hotter months.
Snow White from Hilton Adelaide
Snow White from The Collins Bar at Hilton Adelaide uses a unique combination of South Australian gins that are stirred, not shaken to retain their individual flavours. Like a mini vacation in a glass, this bright cocktail is the perfect thirst quencher for hot, summer days.
Non-Alcoholic Espresso Martini from DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Waterfront
For the sober curious, this non-alcoholic espresso martini from 18 Knots Rooftop Bar, DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Waterfront puts a new twist on the classic Doubletree Espresso Martini by swapping out the alcoholic component with Seedlip Spice.
Peakedness of Wuyi from Waldorf Astoria Xiamen
A variation of the classic Bee’s Knees, the Peakedness of Wuyi from Peacock Alley at Waldorf Astoria Xiamen combines rock tea-infused gin with lemon juice and honey to make a fresh and light cocktail. A simple drink to enjoy the sweetness of springtime and get a little boozy while you’re at it.
Bageechaa (Sustainability Garden) from Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa
The Bageechaa cocktail from Aura Pool Bar & Cocktail Lab at Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa (opening July 2022) is inspired by the zero-waste concept of throwing away fewer “leftovers” and using an ingredient to its full potential. Aura’s version extracts juice from the core of the blood orange while utilising the skin to make the oleo and the garnish.