Drink Culture

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Food For Thought seeks to guide you on the different types of beverages under our Drink section such as alcohol, wine, coffee and tea. In addition to our Ultimate Bar Guides, Bar Reviews, and Drink Reviews, we highlight all sorts of elements related to Drink Culture whether why you should always decant your wine before you drink, or as to why you should never use hot water while steeping green tea.


“Remember ‘I’ before ‘E’, except in Budweiser.”
― Professor Irwin Corey


World Cucumber Day: Charmaine Thio of Hendrick’s Gin

World Cucumber Day: Charmaine Thio of Hendrick’s Gin

For many people around the world, it must come as a curiosity why the slightly comical notion of World Cucumber Day even exists. This idiosyncratic day celebrated on the 14th of June every year was first invented by English horticulturists in 2011 to celebrate to mild flavoured vegetable and has been celebrated by Hendrick’s ever since. We speak to Charmaine Thio, SEA Regional Brand Ambassador for Hendrick’s Gin to find out a bit more about this quirky little day. Continue reading →
Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 Best Bar in Asia: Jerrold Khoo of Jigger & Pony

Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 Best Bar in Asia: Jerrold Khoo of Jigger & Pony

If you've ever been to Jigger & Pony in Singapore, you will understand why this outstanding hotel bar has earned the number one spot on the Asia's 50 Best Bars 2020. From their outstanding hospitality and bar programme, their systematic approach to training is but one of the many highlights that that bar offers, we speak to Bar Manager Jerrold Khoo to learn a bit more about how much goes in to a jigger and pony. Continue reading →
Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 Best Bars in Malaysia: A Bee, A Bird and A Bartender

Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 Best Bars in Malaysia: A Bee, A Bird and A Bartender

The recent Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 had quite a number of toss ups, with new entries abound and a change in the top spot. But what has Malaysians buzzing are these three bars making the list. Bar Trigona with its honey-centric programme; JungleBird, the bar named after the only Malaysian cocktail; and Coley Cocktail Bar, which takes its namesake from the first female head bartender of The Savoy, Ada Coleman. We speak to their head honchos to find out a little bit more. Continue reading →
Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 Industry Icon Award: Agung Prabowo of The Old Man Hong Kong

Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 Industry Icon Award: Agung Prabowo of The Old Man Hong Kong

When it comes to the bartending industry, there are a few names that need no introduction, and Agung Prabowo is one of them. The brainchild of the Hemingway inspired bar, The Old Man originally opened in Hong Kong and has now expanded with the opening of The Old Man Singapore. Agung has been recently crowned (like his namesake) the Industry Icon Award at the Asia's 50 Best Bars 2020. We speak to him to find out more about his philosophy as well as the creation of some of The Old Man's iconic concoctions. Continue reading →
Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 Bartender’s Bartender: Jay Khan of COA Hong Kong

Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 Bartender’s Bartender: Jay Khan of COA Hong Kong

Jay Khan is one of Asia's best known bartenders, not only because he makes excellent cocktails, but has helped further educate the public about agave. The Hong Kong born native was recently crowned the Altos' Bartender's Bartender at the Asia's 50 Best Bars 2020 and in addition to that, his bar COA has also placed number 3 at the Asia's 50 Best Bars this year. We speak to Jay to pick the his brains on his thoughts about bartending and bartenders. Continue reading →
Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 Art of Hospitality Award: David Nguyen-Luu of Manhatan Bar Singapore

Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 Art of Hospitality Award: David Nguyen-Luu of Manhatan Bar Singapore

Manhattan Bar at the Regent Singapore needs no further introduction, with its time and time again ranking as at the World's 50 Best Bars and Asia's 50 Best Bars. Winning the Legends Of The List award in 2019, and also number 1 bar in 2018, Manhattan has gone on to win the Art of Hospitality Awards this year, which comes as no surprise. We sit down with Bar Manager David Nguyen-Luu to learn about more about their approach to hospitality. Continue reading →
Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020: In Recognition And In Solidarity

Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020: In Recognition And In Solidarity

The current pandemic of the Covid-19 has affected the food and beverage industry severely, but amidst all the chaos, the drink industry has come together, albeit social distantly, not in celebration, but in recognition of the work all these bars have put in to raising the bar when it comes to cocktail culture, camaraderie and creativity. The inaugural event was initially supposed to be held in Singapore but instead was done via a live telecast across Facebook. Continue reading →
A Bloody Good Gin: Stuart Gregor of Four Pillars Distillery

A Bloody Good Gin: Stuart Gregor of Four Pillars Distillery

When it comes to gin distilleries, there are few that has the reputation that Four Pillars Distillery has. From its signature Rare Dry Gin to its delicious Navy Strength, you can see why this distillery has won countless awards. Being crowned best international gin distillers at the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2019, we pick the brains of Stuart Gregor, Co-founder and Trade Director of Four Pillars Gin. Continue reading →
Save The Date: Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 & Singapore Cocktail Festival 2020

Save The Date: Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 & Singapore Cocktail Festival 2020

The Asia's 50 Best Bars 2020 returns to Singapore in conjunction with the Singapore Cocktail Festival 2020. The event will see the combination of a week long celebration with guest bartenders from all over the Asia as well as pop-ups of some of Singapore's best bars. Due to the recent DROSCON Orange advisory, the events will go on in May and October, so save the date and book your early bird tickets for the Singapore Cocktail Festival 2020. Continue reading →
The Sagacity of Richard Seale of Foursquare Rum Distillery

The Sagacity of Richard Seale of Foursquare Rum Distillery

When it comes to rum, there are few distilleries that equal the complexity of the Barbadian Foursquare Rum Distillery. Other than being world renown for producing some of the highest quality rum in the world, they proved this by winning best rum producer at the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2019. One of their latest offering is the Foursquare Sagacity, and who better than the rum royalty himself Richard Seale to educated us on the wisdom and philosophy of the Foursquare Rum Distillery. Continue reading →
Epicurean Market 2019

Epicurean Market 2019

Marina Bay Sands sees the return of the grand Epicurean Market 2019 from the 13 to 15th December with a lineup of gourmet food and wine featuring pop-ups and masterclasses from celebrity chefs Wolfgang Puck, Tetsuya Wakuda and many more, setting the stage for a gastronomical holiday season. Continue reading →
Flor De Caña Sustainable Cocktail Challenge Malaysia 2019

Flor De Caña Sustainable Cocktail Challenge Malaysia 2019

The recent Sustainable Cocktail Challenge Malaysia 2019 held by Flor De Caña saw its finality with Joe Ngui of Bar Trigona Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur being crowned the Malaysian champion, in which Ngui will represent Malaysia in the global finals in Nicaragua. We learn more about the competition as a whole and the cocktail that helped Ngui take first place. Continue reading →
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