“A Decent Menu”, the new cocktail menu at Jigger & Pony, is a beautifully-curated work of art. The cocktails are pretty decent too.
It might take you some time to order a cocktail at Jigger & Pony.
Not that the service is lacking, mind you. Quite the contrary. The problem here is that you’ll be spending quite a bit of time perusing “A Decent Menu”, the award-winning bar’s latest cocktail offerings. It comes in the shape of a lifestyle magazine, a whopping 62-page tome that looks like Monocle’s Tyler Brûlé may have had a hand in helping put together.
In fact chances are you’ll be sorely testing the patience of the friendly and highly-efficient bar staff as you slowly turn the pages admiring the beautifully-wrought copy and dallying on your order. Choosing a cocktail was never this hard, really.
Yet choose we must.
Jigger & Pony built its reputation – and award-winning ways – on modern twists on time-honoured cocktail classics. “A Decent Menu” continues that enlightened approach. The latest menu is a well-curated combination of updated old favourites, as well as a slew of new creations that riff on familiar classics.
We’re glad to see Madame President retained; this Negroni twist has been popular since it was first introduced when Jigger & Pony moved to Amara Hotel Singapore. Likewise the Sakura Martini, so good it was an automatic shoe-in to be bottled for their PONY Cocktails premium bottled cocktail range released during the early days of the pandemic.
But it’s the new cocktails we’re here for. There’s the Supermojito – listed on page 16 of the magazine, in case you’re looking – that’s an evolved, clarified version of the evergreen rum-based highball. The Espresso Martini also gets an update. Coffee flower honey for sweetness? Haven’t seen that used in a cocktail before. And it uses no mere pedestrian coffee either, employing a special blend made in collaboration with coffee specialists PPP. A fancy cacao tuile completes this cocktail (which is listed on page 19).
Then there’s Korean Boilermaker (pg. 36), an eminently sophisticated take on the Korean soju bomb. This classy highball comes with a metal spoon that you lift and let drop so you “bomb” the two spirit components – single malt Scotch whisky and premium soju – together. Another lovely highball is the Spumoni (pg. 34); theirs is a supercharged take of the pseudo-Italian Japanese invention that combines Nikka Coffey Gin, Campari, and topped up with grapefruit Perrier and tonic.
The Soy Milk Punch (pg. 33) is a fruity, Asian twist on the old English classic. This gin-based tipple employs clarified soy milk punch, and carries flavours of lychee and Oolong tea. It’s topped with a red wine float, which adds a lovely complexity. Also fun is the Corn Colada (pg. 23), although this corn version of the pina colada tends towards sweetness. For those who love their drinks strong, the Black Pepper Sazerac (pg. 24) packs a punch with a subtle hint of floral pepper.
There aren’t many options for food in the Jigger & Pony menu if you’re looking to fill the tummy. One must-order though the Jamon Iberico Toast. These are essentially bite-sized open-faced ham and cheese sandwiches made with jamon iberico and stracciatella, but what gloriously delicious ones they are.
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by Jigger & Pony’s new magazine-esque ‘A Decent Menu’. But make sure you put in your first order before lingering over the menu and reading over every beautifully crafted word.
Because that’s the decent thing to do.
Jigger & Pony
Address 165 Tanjong Pagar Road, Amara Hotel, Singapore 088539 (Google Maps link)
Opening Hours 4pm to 10.30pm Tuesdays to Sundays; closed on Mondays
Tel (65) 9621 1074