This Junior x Rémy Martin cocktail pop-up pours the right spirit into your festive Chinese New Year revelry.
If there’s one spirits brand that loves some good Chinese New Year festive fun it is Rémy Martin. Case in point – for the past couple years the leading cognac producer has partnered with cocktail hidey-hole Junior The Pocket Bar for a Chinese New Year-themed pop up.
It’s no different this year. The coming Year of the Tiger sees Rémy Martin and Junior partner up again for their third consecutive CNY pop-up edition. This year’s Junior x Rémy Martin will see a signature menu of familiar and new cocktails alongside various delectable Chinese New Year treats specially concocted for this occasion.
Just like how Junior regularly redoes their interiors for different seasonal themes, this year ‘House of the Water Tiger’ turns the bar interior into something festive and fun, in a ‘Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings’ meets Hong Kong triad movie ‘Infernal Affairs’ sort of way. Overhead are two dragons circling each other as though in a fighting sequence, while other decorations remind you of what tacky festive fun Chinese New Year can be.
Then there are the cocktails made with delicious spirits from the Rémy Cointreau stable, including the newly launched Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal. You’ll find some familiar favourites from previous years, such as the pineapple tart in cocktail form Rolling for Prosperity, smoky Fanning the Flames, and our favourite CNY daiquiri twist Ang Bao Na Lai. Heart of Gold remains as well, but the highball has been rejigged with ginger and lemon instead of mandarin orange.
But as with Chinese New Year there must always be something new, so this year there are four new creations. Ha Ha Ha is a Margarita twist using tamarind, along with some savoury spice from hae bee hiam (spicy dried sambal). Plum Blossoms is a sour-plum inflected whisky highball made using Bruichladdich Classic Laddie, while Guaranteed Abundance is a herbal tipple made from fino sherry, walnut liqueur, and lapsang souchong tea. Our absolute favourite is The Troublemaker, a twist on the Manhattan with hints of prune and chocolate made using the Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal.
As for festive eats, be sure to line your tummies with Abacus Seeds, a fancy version of the traditional Hakka food complete with sous vide egg, while Duck Wrappers lets you in on some DIY action making your own smoked duck crepes.
This Junior x Rémy Martin ‘House of the Water Tiger’ Chinese New Year cocktail pop-up runs from 19 January to 12 February 2022. Reservations advised.
Junior The Pocket Bar
Address 6 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069787 (Google Maps link)
Opening Hours 5.30pm to 10.30pm Mondays to Saturdays; closed on Sundays