5 drinks we loved this week, from Chicano, Milk Bar and more

Best Sips is a look back at the most amazing alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks we’ve had in the past week. Those who have renewed our love for established places; caught our eye during a new opening; or freshly impressed by the creativity and skill of Hong Kong’s talented bartenders and mixologists. From drinks at charming dive bars to award-winning aperitifs at five-star establishments, these are the best drinks to try in Hong Kong; the drinks for which we recommend that you take a special trip.

Here are the best drinks we sipped and savored this week:

Mostly harmless

The beverage: Mountain Apple (HK$110)

Ezra Star, our beacon in dark times, is ready to open a new concept west of Central – whenever (moves vaguely at all) this is all over. Located in an old kitchen above the old Okra (now awarded MMMs DAM: A Noodle Bar), Mostly Harmless is a cozy little hideaway with a nod to Douglas Adams. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series and a vibe to match the moniker. Rooted in simplicity, you won’t find any gimmicks or high-tech gimmicks – just Ezra, serving up inspired and flavorful sips with the intention of honoring the ingredients and people she loves, many of whom you’ll find gathered around the bar. , their names scribbled in Magic Marker on the white tile walls. A bar where everyone knows your name.

This specific drink, dedicated to his wife Beckaly, blended many delicious things – mountain apple, tequila, white pepper, chrysanthemum, cashews and soda – into something even more delicious, something effervescent and magical. . I haven’t tried the tequila soda at Mostly Harmless yet, but I can bet it’s one of the coldest in town. — Nathan Erickson, Editor

Mostly harmless110 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

Chicano

The beverage: Café de la Olla (additional HK$28 in addition to lunch, priced at HK$138)

I know what you’re thinking. Another one Coffee? I’m sorry, but the No Drinking Calories train is honking at the station. And yes, I have fallen many times to answer the siren call of canned lemon tea and midnight Yakult, but I am, at heart, a flawed person.

Listen to me. It’s not just any coffee. It’s Café de la Olla or, as the charming waitress from Chicano kindly explained, Mexican coffee brewed with star anise and cinnamon. If you close your eyes and really take in the scent, you’ll realize what your brain is telling you as you sniff. And now, what I tell you, you will sniff it. Hot wine! It smells like mulled wine! But it tastes like coffee. It’s a stunning assault on the senses, and as someone who’s really missing the holiday season right now, this one is very much welcomed. Christmas in February. —Joey Wong, Editor

ChicanoG/F, 15 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 5595 3334

graceland

The beverage: Peach Lemonade (HK$60)

I love my easy drinks because they’re always a good accompaniment to anything you have: spicy, salty, anything too salty or heavily fried. So, on a visit to Graceland, I went straight for house drinks which, like really good Southern hospitality, featured sweet teas and lemonades.

Don’t get me wrong, the peach lemonade was a very tasty drink; extra refreshing on a hot afternoon like the one I visited. It had the strong spiciness of homemade lemonade, softened by the sweet peach (mashed?) aftertaste in which I imagine it is measured very thoughtfully. Either way, it was very satisfying, unlike others that are usually watered down by the ice cubes or skimp on a care balance of complementary ingredients. This makes it one of the best peach lemonades in town. And it’s garnished with a slice of lemon – fancy! — Lorria Sahmet, editor

gracelandG/F, 12–14A Yim Po Fong Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 6112 9446

milk bar

The beverage: Summer Blue Soda (HK$55)

I finally made a trip to Sham Shui Po to visit Milk Bar, a fierce contender for Hong Kong’s most Instagrammable cafe. This Summer Blue Soda is very, very pretty – you’ll have to take my word for it because I clearly didn’t stop to take a good photo before mixing it all up and sipping – and a very nice sparkling citrus drink to welcome spring. — Sakina Abidi, Editorial Assistant

milk bar79 Apliu Street, Apliu Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong

Gweilo beer

The beverage: Gweilo Beer x Vocation Brewery East meets West Pale Ale

I love the good collaboration Gweilo, and the last East Meets West Pale Ale was good. Stumbling on the can of my local Wellcome (they surprisingly have a decent craft beer selection these days), this smooth, hazy beer has undertones of ripe papaya, guava and pineapple, and is more on the hoppy side but light enough to have as a “session” beer. The packaging is quite classy, ​​too. — Lexi Davey, Editor-in-Chief

You can find Gweilo beer yoursr Local Wellcome Supermarket.


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