Well, as a matter of fact, they have popped up again, at a location that is rather intriguing, at THE ROW, or what used to be Asian Heritage Row, once the hustling bustling centre of KL's nightlife. The location is rather mysterious, basically, you use BUTTER & BEANS as the landmark, follow the rather obscure signs, go by faith down the back alley, which looks like a construction site, and lo and behold...
The same mixologist, CK, welcomes us, as his assistant whips up the first cocktail, Tango Mango.
Ginger Berry Julep, Ginger, mint, bourbon and seasonal berries. Love the presentation, in a steel goblet, so there is an air of mystery what lies beneath the ice. Actually, I have no idea what color the cocktail is. Also priced at RM42.
FEW, which has a fascinating history, being one of the few distilleries to have survived the prohibition. Love their tag line on their website, FEW for the FEW. We also learnt something interesting, the meaning of PROOF. Basically it's the American way of describing Alc/Vol, and is basically double that. So in the bottle above, 46.5% Alc/Vol = 93 Proof. That's high proof indeed.
Even the tonic used for their gin and tonics are not your pedestrian Schwepps or F&N!!!
A picture paints a thousand words, so see for yourself, the complicated process, the smoking etc before it's finally served,
According to wiki, Intensely bitter since its inception in 1845, Fernet-Branca has been produced according to the original recipe that has been handed down from generation to generation. The bitters are made from 27 herbs and other ingredients. The exact formula is a trade secret known only to the Fernet-Branca president, Niccolò Branca, who personally measures out the aromatics during the production process.
It was fitting end to a lovely evening of cocktails.
Many thanks to Delfina & Jasmine for the invitation, and to CK for his hospitality, and for the bartender's handshake.