8 TROPICAL DRINKS TO MAKE EVERY MOMENT ON THE ISLAND SEEM LIKE A HOLIDAY
#MakeTime to sit back, relax and sip on these drinks during your mini-holiday getaway on Sentosa Island.
Sipping a Bintang on a Bali beach, or a Tiki cocktail at the beach bar of a Koh Samui resort may seem like a distant dream right now. Look no further because our island has everything you could possibly need for the perfect getaway/mini-vacation/holiday, including a variety of drinks, cocktails and brews to put you in Holiday mood.
Not your typical local beer or standard-issue house pour spirit. These holiday drinks are exotic, tropical and so much fun to 'cheers' with.
Sentosa's OG beach club is so many things — a beachfront locale to 'see and be seen', an incredibly family-friendly spot with its beach sand, sea and pool access and even a place to show off your furkids. It is heaving on the weekends and very easy to forget you are in Singapore with its white sand view and delicious sea breeze.
Holiday drinks on their menu are aplenty, and their cocktail menu is packed with summery drinks that put you in #vacaymode. The Tanjong Spritz ($20/$68) is a great example; Aperol flavoured with vanilla, orange and fresh lemon is topped with prosecco. It is light, refreshing and a lot of fun. Available as a single drink or a pitcher that serves four.
There's nothing like when you're on vacay, sitting back on a beach chair, and cracking a can of ice-cold brew. Now imagine taking that first sip, and then being transported to a tropical island like say, Sentosa. A holiday experience in a can? You bet. Known for their Singapore-made craft beers, made using top-notch locally sourced ingredients, Brewerkz has teamed up with Sentosa to come up with four new beers, each inspired by a unique Sentosa experience.
The Islander Brews are unique and delicious, there is the Siloso Beach Lime Sea Salt Gose that is inspired by island life and is a zesty brew flavoured with sea salt and kaffir lime. There is also the dark Fort Siloso Chocolate Vanilla Porter that 'tastes like heritage and hops' with its rich, velvety taste and hints of cacao and vanilla. Similarly, there are two other brews one inspired by the untouched intertidal coastal plains of Tanjong Rimau (Yuzu Nutmeg Witbier) and the other by the lush zen surrounds of the wellness spas of Bukit Manis (Jasmine Kolsch).
These limited edition brews are available at several Sentosa establishments such as Trapizza, Panamericana, Harry's Bar, Arbora Hilltop Garden & Bistro, and Golfer's Terrace. Or you can get them delivered right to your home via RedMart.
Sentosa's newest beach club is the best spot to head with a group of friends as part of your Sentosa holiday, for so many reasons — the beach, the chill vibe, three pools, daybeds, and their fabulous menu of island cocktails.
Available in a jug (for sharing) such as the Mai Tai ($90) of white rum, dark rum, grenadine, almond syrup, orange and lime juice. More distinctive are their signature cocktails, like the Summer Beachin' ($19.8) which is white rum laced with tropical flavours of coconut Malibu and gula Melaka, or you could also try their version of the Singapore Sling ($19.80)
Like a tropical Hawaiian beachside spot, Ola gives you sand, sea, a pool, beachside cabanas, an in-house DJ and even an action-packed water sports programme. If all of those don't put you in a holiday mood, then their selection of Tiki cocktails ($18 onwards), definitely will.
Served in Hawaiian-style tiki-cups (reminiscent of beach vacays!) there are four flavours to choose from and the drinks are laced with tropical spirits like Malibu, rum and Pavan liqueur and flavours of coconut, banana, and pineapple juice. You will not stop at one, we guarantee.
One of our favourite spots to catch the sunset at, FOC Sentosa at Palawan Beach has a Mediterranean vibe, and the beach bar also has a laidback, yet classy restaurant. You could assume you are in Barcelona with its beach daybeds, picnic tables and even a pool in the outdoor area. The drinks of choice here are summery cocktails, Sangrias and Mediterranean wines as you take in breathtaking sunset views.
The best part: most of their cocktails are available in singles, doubles and XL (serves 7) sizes. The Cider Sangria ($30 for 2 /$98), is a potent mix of rose cider, lychee juice, peach liqueur, rum, and orange juice. You can easily share the XL portion with your party-of-five — it would be a fun, boozy start to your Sentosa holiday. Another must-try tropical drink is the Dirty Little Pina Colada ($25/$145). Served in a pineapple (for the single portion), this chilled-vibes concoction is made up of cachaca, vanilla sugar, honey pineapple juice, and coconut cream.
For an under-the-radar holiday drink, did you know that Quayside Isle’s Greenwood Fish Market has a 12-seater intimate gin bar, offering a great cocktail programme and a wide variety of craft gins and award-winning varieties of sake? It is a bit of a hidden gem, and one of the best spots to while away the hours while nursing a drink. Gin cocktails range from the basic Gimlet ($12) to the brunch-time favourite Bloody Mary ($14.95). You could also sample a variety of rare gins, try their happy hour special, Sakura Gin, available for $16.95 a pour from 12-8 pm daily.
So far, all the holiday feels on the island have been sun, sand, sea and beachside fun. At Gunner's Lane's Le Faubourg, you can experience dining in a classic Parisian cafe without leaving the island. They have a combination of indoor tables that mimic a dining room inspired by a Parisian apartment or outdoor seats set against the backdrop of the Mess Hall's heritage building.
These create a vibe that is as charming as their menu of delicious French fare. The drinks here have a decidedly Parisian vibe to them as well, the drink of choice during the day should be a glass or pichet (pitcher) of French cider. Come evenings, order off their vast selection old-world French wines, or spring for champagne (they serve Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut). For post-dinner tipples, they have Cognac or Armagnac.
It is easy to feel like you are on holiday within the plush and elegant confines of Capella Singapore. Bob's bar, which is their Cuban-inspired almost alfresco bar impresses with their menu of bespoke rum cocktails, gorgeous vista views, laidback charm and the fact that you might be in the august company of Capella's (friendly and harmless) resident peacocks.
Drink choices are plenty, but the punch bowls (meant for sharing) are great for convivial gatherings. Named after island's heritage name, the Blakang Mati Punch Bowl ($75) is a potent libation of Navegante rum, citrus juices and bitters. We also recommend their take on the sling, Bob's Bar's 'Sentosa Sling' ($25) has Red Fruit Tea-infused gin, bitters, juices and Cointreau.
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By Priyanka C. Agarwal
Priyanka C. Agarwal is a writer, communicator and content creator with several years experience in print and digital media. She writes about food, travel, parenting and other adventures. Her work has appeared in the print and online pages of Silver Kris magazine, Time Out Singapore, Her World magazine, The Michelin Guide, The Peak and HungryGoWhere.com, among several others. She is a mother to two tiny gourmands and an experimental home cook who hopes one day, to author her own cookbook.