In partnership with Native, The Minute List, an insider’s handbook to eating and drinking in the city, presents ‘A Very Asian Christmas’ featuring Paper Lantern Distilling’s Sichuan Pepper Gin.
Come 12 December (Monday), four of the city’s best bartenders will converge upon the city’s newest cocktail bar located in the hip enclave of Amoy Street, to shake and mix their way to a winning Asian-inspired cocktail that tastes like Christmas. Participants include Kai from Neon Pigeon, Sim from Atlas Grand Lobby & Bar, Nesh from Smoke & Mirrors, Ashwin Raj from 28 HongKong Street, Reena from Crackerjack, and representing the Native team, Leon.
Following the success of the Boilermaker Night that brought the London and Melbourne cocktail trend to the shores of Singapore, The Minute List collaborates with NATIVE to film a new episode of “Happening” – an online series that brings the local bartending community together for an evening of friendly, competitive fun and debauchery.
Housed at 52A Amoy Street, NATIVE is the newest kid on the block, and an Asian themed bar founded by 2015 Diplomatico World Champion, Vijay Mudaliar. The former barman of Operation Dagger prides NATIVE as a bar that looks to its roots; where local foraging for ingredients is a key focus, and the shelves are fully lined with regionally produced spirits like Rum from Nepal, Whisky from India, and of course, Sichuan Pepper Gin that is craft-distilled in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
With Paper Lantern Distilling as the spirit sponsor, the bartenders will be using Sichuan Pepper Gin as a base for their imagination to take over in creating a festive cocktail that pays homage to Asian flavours. To up the challenge, each bartender will be given five minutes to prepare their cocktail and present it to a panel consisting of three influential personalities from the bartending community – Kamil Foltan, Group Development Bar Manager of Potato Head, Vijay Mudaliar, founder of Native and 2015 Diplomatico World Champion and lastly, Simin Kayhan, Co-founder of Paper Lantern Distilling. The winning bartender will walk away with a bottle of Paper Lantern’s Sichuan Pepper Gin and SGD300 in cash.
The closed door competition will take place from 4 to 6pm, where the doors are open to all from 6pm onwards for anyone to join in the seasonal, boozy festivities. To kick up the good vibes a notch, guests will be able to enjoy the Asian-inspired Christmas cocktails as whipped up by the bartenders at a special price for the whole night.
A Very Asian Christmas
Monday, 12 December | 6pm onwards
52A Amoy Street