DFS Cocktail Festival offers an exciting line up
By Samantha Francis; Photos: Courtesy of DFS
Changi Airport and DFS will be hosting a Cocktail Festival over six weeks.
As a traveler, nothing warms my heart like hearing the pilot say: “And to all Singaporeans, a warm welcome home” as my plane glides into Changi Airport.
With DFS Cocktail Festival happening from now till end June, there’s an even bigger and better welcome for the likes of cocktail aficionados and weary travelers.
To celebrate the first anniversary of the iconic DFS Wines and Spirits Duplex at Terminal 3, Changi Airport and DFS will be hosting a cocktail festival over six weeks.
The festival will encompass collaborations with guest bartenders from leading bars in Singapore, special master classes and signature cocktail creations.
Here’s what you can look forward to:
Celebrate the flavours of Singapore with three signature cocktails, which will be made available everyday during the festival at the Upper Level of the DFS Wines and Spirits Duplex.
Chop Chop Lah — a refreshing drink inspired by chicken rice.
There’s Chop Chop Lah — a refreshing drink inspired by chicken rice. It is made with Absolut Vodka, ginger syrup, lemon juice, East Imperial soda, fresh cucumber and parsley.
Apart from the aroma of ginger and parsley, there’s nary a hint of the rich savouriness associated with the dish. Nonetheless, a pleasantly sweet tipple.
Shiok Date takes its cue from the traditional cheng tng dessert.
To perk yourself up before or after a flight, go for the Shiok Date.
The zesty and vibrant cocktail features Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, lemon juice, date syrup, Luxardo Maraschino, egg white, goji berries. We hear that the tipple takes its cue from cheng tng, a traditional herbal soup dessert.
Love kaya toast? You’ll enjoy the Kiasu Kaya.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, the Kiasu Kaya was created for you.
Flavours of coconut and pandan come together nicely in the tropical drink made with Ron Zacapa rum, Benedictine D.O.M., fresh pineapple juice, fresh orange juice and coconut pandan syrup. But be warned, it may give you a sugar rush.
Bar pop ups and masterclasses
Apart from complimentary cocktails, the festival will also include a series of events over six weekends on both Friday and Saturday evenings.
Visitors can expect a host of mini masterclasses during the week, as well as a flair bartender.
Each bar’s drink will only be exclusively available on their designated two days.
The list reads like a who’s who of the local bar scene with guest bartending sessions from top-notch establishments like 28 HongKong Street, Jigger & Pony, Manhattan, The Library and Smoke & Mirrors.
Every weekend throughout the six weeks, one of the aforementioned bars will take on a guest shift at the Upper Level to present their interpretation of a Singapore inspired cocktail, exclusively designed for the festival.
Each bar’s drink will only be exclusively available on their designated two days, and will remain a secret until the grand reveal.
While we don’t want to spoil the surprise — we absolutely loved the cocktail presented by 28 Hong Kong Street. P.S. It is inspired by the pickled achar.
For those who fancy their bubbly, there will be a champagne cocktail party hosted by Veuve Cliquot for the new Veuve Cliquot Rich, from June 3-4.
Visit DFS Wines and Spirits Duplex at Terminal 3, Changi Airport for the DFS Cocktail Festival from now till end June 2016.