Cocktails & heady hedonistic sips…Bali’s Best Cocktails
Possibly even before the arrival of the Woolworth twins, Charlie Chaplin and Miguel Covarrubias to the shores of Bali, cocktails have been created and crafted, mixed, brewed and blended to include some of the tastes and flavors of this archipelago and beyond. Influenced by eras, music, countries and characters, The Yak went out in search of the ultimate Bali cocktail, from Canggu to Jimbaran through Kuta to Nusa Dua, Petitenget, Ubud, to Ungasan! Of course we didn’t find just the one – we found a few, and these are those!
Queen of Hearts, Dern Ka La, and French Martini at The Shady Fox, Pererenan
Located in Pererenan, north Canggu, The Shady Fox is a cocktail parlour where glamour, roulette and late night entertainment invite you to surrender to a playful night of nostalgic fun. The Shady Fox transports you back to London in the 30s, in the heart of The Shady Family’s clandestine gambling operation. Knock at the right door, and you’ll find yourself in an illegal gaming room, testing your luck at classic games and sipping on some theatrical cocktails.
- Queen of Hearts: Distilled berry gin, cherry liquor, clarified lime, simple syrup, red wine
- Dern Ka La: Bombay Sapphire, lemongrass, ginger, kefir, chili, mushroom lime & coriander distill, distilled lime, simple syrup, saline
- French Martini: vodka, berry liquor, pineapple, lime
The Shady Fox, Jl. Tukad Pingai, Pererenan
Booking & Reservation: +62 813-3995-5488
Barrel-aged Negroni, Sexy Colada, and Mezcalito at The Shady Pig, Berawa
Located in fashionable Berawa, The Shady Pig is an ‘experimental sipping lounge’, inspired by the roughness and glamour of the 20s. The interiors transport you back in time to Birmingham, England, to the contraband laboratory of The Shady Family. Sticking to the prohibition concept, The Shady Pig is a speakeasy style lounge that has a strict password-only policy.
- Barrel-aged Negroni: Gin, Campari, vermouth
- Sexy Colada: Rum, pineapple, coconut, whey
- Mezcalito: Mezcal, tequila, apricot brandy, concentrated pineapple, lime
The Shady Pig, Taman Tamora, Canggu
Booking & Reservation: +62 819-9163-1405
Kelapa Negroni at Sundara at Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay
Sundara’s bartenders collaborated alongside the Four Seasons chefs in the kitchen on the home-infused cocktail menu, and are now using the new Kopa BBQ Smoker for these liquid creations. Top of the list and in pride of place, is the incredible Kelapa Negroni, aged in an old, hairless coconut husk and slow-smoked in the Kopa before being infused with the cocktail ingredients. This mix is then aged in the coconut shell for at least two weeks, putting a truly tropical twist on this classic.
Ingredients per serving portion/glass: 3 cl Gin, 2 cl Campari, and 2 cl Sweet Vermouth
Sundara at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
Booking & Reservation: Chat with us via FS Chat or Whatsapp +62 85792650897 (Chat only)
Reeses Sour at Kuta Social Club
Set around a gem-blue rooftop infinity pool of the impressive MAMAKA by Ovolo, there’s no better spot to kick back under the shade of a cabana or daybed lounger to drink in the view. Beat the heat with a sip (or five) of Kuta Social Club’s thirst-quenching signature cocktail – “Reeses Sour” – a concoction made from whisky, egg white, vanilla syrup, Angostura and chocolate bitters that guarantees that your ‘lazy-day’ poolside lounging will be a refreshing one. As the day draws to a close, and the breezy beach vibes slowly fade away, the place is pumping with an ever-changing line-up of live music with a backdrop of the iconic Kuta sunset. If you came for sunset, then you’ll surely stay for the party…
Go on – make a splash! Toast the sunset; Drink the view.
Kuta Social Club, Mamaka by Ovolo, Jl. Pantai Kuta No.32, Legian
Booking & Reservation: http://kutasocialclub.com/
Mad Ronin at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali is pleased to host its outstanding mixologist, Marlon Hermanto who will take the guests on an extraordinary journey while they sip cocktails made from locally sourced and fresh ingredients. One of his must-try concoctions is Mad Ronin.
Inspired from Japanese warriors, Mad Ronin is crafted from Sake-infused snake fruit with crème de cacao white, matcha cordial and pandan bitter, cocktail connoisseurs will find a Japanese touch in every sip leaving a combination of chocolaty and sour savory with a hit of bitter note from fresh matcha powder.
Available at The Lobby Bar & Lounge, our sports bar, Velada and our signature Japanese Restaurant, Hamabe.
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Itdc, Kawasan Pariwisata, Jl. Nusa Dua No.3
Booking & Reservation: WhatsApp at +62 811 1388 5739
The Sea Margarita at Koral Restaurant at The Apurva Kempinski, Nusa Dua Selatan
At The Apurva Kempinski Bali, their uber-talented mixologists have prepared creative concoctions designed to complement the rich flavours of Asian spices. This time, their mixologist presents The Sea Margarita. Made from Jose Silver infused telang with triple sec, in addition to pineapple and moringa juice, this cocktail will give you a distinctive flavour with a touch of the archipelago – just what a Sea Margarita should do!
Ingredients: 450 ml of Jose Silver infused telang, 20 ml of triple sec, 30 ml of pineapple juice, 10 ml of lime juice, 5 ml of Agave nectar, and Moringa salt on rim
Method: Shaking / Garnish: Moringa Ice, Moringa Leaves, and Elderflower
The Apurva Kempinski, Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan
Booking & Reservation: +62 811-3820-9541
The Shady Flamingo, Petitenget
Located in uber-hip Petitenget, The Shady Flamingo is an intimate cocktail den where Hollywood glamour and shady gangster vibes blend together, and make for playful nights of lavish decadence. The Shady Flamingo will transport you back to Los Angeles in the 40s, in the secret den of America’s Queen of the Mob, Betty Hood. Ring the right bell and step in the flamboyant décor of her living room, where celebrities, politicians, gangsters & molls are invited to mix & mingle over bubbles, glitzy cocktails and vinyl tunes.
The Shady Flamingo, Jl. Petitenget No.777
Booking & Reservation: Flamingo +62 813-9084-2764
The Anthropologist, The Composer, The Illustrator & The Novelist at The Apéritif Bar, Ubud
One of Bali’s finest bars, The Apéritif Bar recently released its Cocktail Anthology, an illustrated booklet dedicated to the beverage traditions of the 1930s and the colourful foreign artists and academics who were drawn to Bali for its ethereal beauty and exotic way of life. Indulge in one (or two!) of our unique cocktails while playing a game of pool with the marvellous view of Ubud’s rice fields and jungle. To admire the best sunset in Ubud, stop by for sundowners on our jungle facing deck. Head Mixologist Panji Wisrawan and his team will ensure you have an enjoyable experience, as they present a range of signature and favourite cocktails, inspired by the 1930’s.
Below are a few of our favorite cocktails and their ingredients:
- The Anthropologist: Pineapple Rum / Sichuan Baijiu / Lacto Grapefruit / Hibiscus Maraschino / Strawberry / Lime
- The Composer: Caramelized Pandan Whiskey / Recycled Coffee Incense / Mezcal Joven / Fernet Branca
- The Illustrator: Spiced Rum / Tequila / Ginger / Cashew Nut Atole / Clove / Cinnamon / Coconut / Pandan / Nutmeg / Pepparkakor / Orange & Lime
- The Novelist: Aji Limo Tequila / Passion Fruit / Mezcal Joven / Avocado Oil / Huacatay
The Apéritif Restaurant & Bar, Br. Nagi, Jl. Lanyahan, Petulu, Ubud.
Booking & Reservation: https://www.aperitif.com/reservations/
Gin Martini at Jati Bar at Four Seasons Sayan
Where nature meets culture, the bartenders at Jati Bar immerse guests with old time classics. Using locally sourced woods such as coconut, bamboo and teak they barrel-age cocktails, and with local terracotta casks they produce smooth, cohesive and complex flavours. This same terracotta technique is also used to slow-cook house-infused spirits and aromatic wines, honouring the traditional and local ways of ageing spirits. Enhancing a by-gone era bar classic, their Gin Martini is the first terracotta-aged Martini in Bali and undergoes a 42-day ageing process, which gives an earthy twist to this much-loved classic.
Ingredients per serving portion/glass: 70ml Bombay London Dry Gin, 10ml Dry Vermouth, 2 drops Orange Bitter, and Garnished with Lemon twist
Jati Bar at Four Seasons Resort Bali At Sayan, Jl. Raya Sayan, Sayan, Ubud
Booking & Reservation: Email at email@example.com, Chat with us via FS Chat or call +62 361 977577
Yellow Blast @ TT Beach Club, Ungasan
Inspired by Christopher Columbus, TT Beach Club Presents One of their best Signature Cocktails named Yellow Blast. Created by one of TT’s most senior bartenders, Yellow Blast contains quality ingredients: white rum, lemon juice, passion fruit puree, passion fruit syrup, angostura bitters, foamee, and Pirates Citrus for the garnish.
Imagine the perfection that is built between these ingredients. Inspired by Christopher Columbus who crossed the world to discover new lands, this signature cocktail echoes that journey, the garnish as a ship on a yellow sea of light rum, lemon and passion fruit – all inspired by the sea views as seen directly from the shores of TT Beach Club.
TT Beach Club, Melasti Beach 88, Ungasan
Booking & Reservation: https://ttbeach.club/contact/
Le Club Mule at Karma Kandara, Ungasan
Le Club Mule, one of karma Kandara’s centerpiece cocktails that twists on a classic Moscow Mule.
- Sailor Jerry spiced rum
- Kaffir lime leaves
- House-made ginger beer
Calamansi with a sour, tart flavour boasts only moderate acidity, while lemongrass and kaffir lime have an intense citrus fragrance – just imagine if you top it off with a refreshing house-made ginger beer!
Karma Kandara, Jalan Villa Kandara, Ungasan
Booking & Reservation: WA +6281138203360 (chat only)