In the first episode of our new video series 'On The Bar', we speak with Sam Wong, the 29-year-old owner and head bartender of cocktail bar, Ah Sam Cold Drinks Stall.
Here Wong talks about the personalised concept of his bar as well as his philosophy when it comes to mixing drinks. He also tells us the difference between tending bar in a nightclub and at a cocktail bar: "You don't get much interaction with your customers working in a club."
Wong would know, he got his start at the defunct Ministry of Sound dance club and has worked at the likes of Attica, Le Noir before working for Orgo and Jigger and Pony.
"The cocktail bar is more personal and engaging. We take the extra effort to know what our customers want."
Like the bar's Singapore-flavoured name, Wong has been experimenting with local flavours such as infusing rye whiskey with Milo. But the one concoction he is most proud of is the Beaded Slippers. Inspired by the intricate beaded footwear of the Peranakans, this alcoholic take on the chendol is made up of dark rum, gula Melaka and coconut cream. it is served in a coupe glass rimmed with coconut shavings with a dollop of red bean paste on the side, and to be drunk in a particular way.
"The drink is inspired by the details that goes into a pair of beaded slippers," explains Wong. "I am very impressed by the amount of work that goes into those slippers. Some Nyonyas even lost their eyesight after years of doing those things."
For an easy cocktail to make at home, Wong shares his Elderflower Spritz recipe (in video and below):
30ml of elderflower liqueur (You can purchase a bottle at this link)
60ml sparkling wine
60ml soda water
1. Pour the elderflower liqueur into the wine glass first.
2. Add in the sparkling wine.
3. Top it off with the soda water.
4. Garnish with a lemon wheel.
Ah Sam Cold Drinks Stall | Address: 60A Boat Quay | Tel: 65350838 | Opening hours: Mon-Thu 6pm-midnight, Fri & Sat 6pm-1am
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