This year, summer seems never-ending, so why not swing by Los Sotano to cool down with your favourite amigos in town? Head mixologist Rob Kariakin has whipped up some stunning summery cocktails that make for very easy sipping indeed.
First up, we tried Sandia ($130), a cocktail that screams summer. Fresh, juicy watermelon with a nice tequila buzz, the refreshing, sweet flavour of the watermelon toned down the burning sensation of the tequila. A great choice for those who are a bit less adventurous.
Here we have La Copa de Señor Pimm ($130), the tequila cousin of gin-based Pimm’s No 1 Cup. Crafted with house-made tequila-based “Pimm’s”, ginger ale, lemon, cucumber, strawberries, orange and mint, this citrusy potion will give you the same sensation as chilling in a garden under a sunny summer’s sky.
There’s also Too Much Sauce ($140) – just like DJ Esco’s track – a mixture of Casamigos blanco tequila, Ancho Reyes chilli liqueur, jalapeño, lime, pineapple, agave and house hot sauce. This will leave you with a spicy tingle at the back of your throat that is highly addictive. One of our personal favourites.
Our final summertime poison was Where There’s Smoke ($150), which was created by the head bartender as a reflection of Hong Kong’s tropical heat. Mixed up with Del Maguey VIDA mezcal, jalapeño, mango, lime and agave, this is – at its best – a ticking time bomb of a cocktail. The sweetness from the mango and the kick from the jalapeño made it extremely well balanced. Definitely worth trying for those who like mango (and who doesn’t?).
This drink may not be on the summer menu, but we also recommend trying Tequila Makes my Clothes Come Off ($150). One of Los Sotano’s most popular cocktails, you can tell the minute you walk into the space – its name is emblazoned in neon lights on one of the walls. By the way, this is Linda’s favourite drink (don’t ask us who she is; go find out for yourself and be sure to tell us too).
We also have to include something for those who are not fans for tequila: La Fresa ($160). Made with botanical-infused Absolut Elyx vodka, Prosecco, strawberries and lemon, what more do I need to say? It’s an adult lemonade, perfect for summer or any day.
Basement, 21 D’Aguilar Street, LKF, Central, 2970 3887, click here to book online (barrel entrance located on Wing Wah Lane)
PS: this is a speakeasy, so there’s a secret way to opening the door. The skull is the clue – good luck!
This write-up is based on a complimentary media tasting provided in exchange for an honest review and no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed here represent the author’s.
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