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Celebrate Margarita Day with 5 Fascinating Facts About Margarita!

Have you heard of Margarita Day? Well, there is and it falls on February 22nd! Of course, this is a great excuse for you to revel in this much-loved cocktail. Grab your chair, chill with a glass of Margarita and check out 5 fascinating facts about Margarita! 

Wondering about a place to indulge in this popular delight in Klang Valley? We save the best for the last so keep on reading and awards are waiting for you ahead! 

 

Fun Fact #1: Nobody Is Sure About Its Origin

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Theories are varied about how Margaritas were first originated. Some say that the first Margarita was mixed in Juárez, Chihuahua by Francisco “Pancho” Morales in 1942. Others believe the real inventor of this impeccable drink is Margarita Sames as she concocted this for her guests in her vacation home in 1948. Another common story is the cocktail was actually invented by head bartender Santos Cruz for his favorite singer Peggy (Margaret) Lee and named the drink after her Spanish version of name – Margarita.   

Fun Fact #2: Margarita Actually Means “Daisy” In Spanish! 

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Margarita is named after this beautiful flower? It might surprise you but it’s actually not! “Daisy” – a refreshingly tart cocktail with a slightly sweet undertone, is an old drink dated back to mid-1800s. This cocktail includes a spirit as a base, sugar with some citrus for a bit of sour taste. Many believe that Margaritas are inspired by this special cocktail as it is basically a tequila Daisy.

 

Fun Fact #3: What Is That Salted Rim Used For? 

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No matter how many variations there are, you probably hardly see a Margarita without its salted rim. The salt actually plays an important role to enhance the whole experience of this much-loved cocktail as it brings out the sweet and sour flavors and reduce the bitterness of the tequila. Furthermore, salt can intensify the aroma of Margarita, making it a more flavorful treat. 

 

Fun Fact #4: The Most Expensive Margarita In The World? 

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Would you be willing to pay $1200 for a glass of Margarita? It was in 2013 when the most expensive Margarita in the world was concocted at 230 FIFTH Rooftop Bar & Penhouse Lounge in Manhattan. This frozen delicacy was made using the most high-end ingredients with the tequila alone costs up to $1800 per bottle while its ice was made from a $450 bottle of Lois Roederer Cristal Champagne. Finally, the drink was poured into Ralph Lauren hand-blown Hungarian crystal glass! Half the money of this was donated to a charity afterwards. 

 

Fun Fact #5: The World First Frozen Margaritas Were Only Invented Around 50 Years Back!

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A world without frozen Margaritas? Yes, it was what happened before 1971! The first frozen Margarita machine was invented in Texas by a school dropout named Mariano Martinez. The 26-year-old restaurateur had an immense trouble creating the frozen drinks for customers at that time. The cocktails were time-consuming and easily melted! Inspired by the soft-serve ice cream machine, Mariano came across the idea to make a customized one for Margaritas and this machine can now be found all over the world! 

 

If you love to unwind with this incredible cocktail, here is a quick guide on where to find it in Klang Valley!
Want to celebrate Margarita week? Head to Chambers Bar at Hilton Kuala Lumpur for special Margarita event from 18th – 24th February to enjoy a variety of Margarita mixes or come to FOOK from 22nd February – 2nd March to relish special hand-crafted Margaritas from RM30! 

You can also pay a visit to BLVD House, Opium, Jing Ze, CÉ LA VI, SkyBar @ Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Nobu Kuala Lumpur, SaporeLa Bodega and Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill


Happy Margarita Day To All Cocktail Fans! 

 

 

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Drink in style : Top 5 Cocktail Bars in Kuala Lumpur

Cocktails are the drinks for every mood or occasion at any bars. This special edition is bringing you to explore more on cocktails to quench your alcohol thirst. Read more for special and customisation concoctions here.
 

P&C Cocktail Bar, Hartamas

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P&C Cocktail Bar, an America Prohibition-era stylish speakeasy cocktail bar and it is accessible via a discreet door behind Naughty Nuri’s Hartamas. This bar is a perfect place for catch ups and most importantly, their cocktails. Their cocktails customisation idea is superbly excellent that attracts guests to come back for more variations. The customisation is catered to allow guests to have their own say about their taste buds by choosing the taste of their cocktails be it sweet, sour or bitter. You name it, the bartender will fulfill it! Come and experience this yourself.
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Opium KL, Changkat Bukit Bintang

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Opium KL, inspired by Asian cuisine with some local tweaks in the restaurant concept, is not only known for its food but their ever-lasting cocktails concoction. Guests from around the world travel to Opium just to indulge into the widest selections of house cocktails concoction. Their cocktails are specially concocted and cultivated to match the concept with more than 30 signatures to try out, all geniusly concocted by its famous mixologist. Should you feel sensual for the night, do ask for their 50 Shades of Grey or if any point of time you’d like to have something local, ask for their Asam Laksa cocktail. It’s all worth a trip!
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Private Room, TTDI

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Private Room, a hidden gem located at the heart of Taman Tun Dr Ismail, is the first speakeasy wine bar in Kuala Lumpur. Being the first that offers a wide range of quality wine, the bar is also serving cocktails, whiskey, liquor and spirits. This bar is started by a group of young enthusiasts to provide a sanctuary for great drinks and music with good company. If you don’t drink hard liquor, but are here for a glass (or more!) of cocktails, fret not, you will not be disappointed either as the bar also tackles into wine-based cocktails. Shy not to ask for their tempting wine cocktails.
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IKKI, TREC Kuala Lumpur

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IKKI is the largest speakeasy bar with haute-rustic, classic grandeur and rich colours décor that specialises in crafted cocktails. This quote says it all about the bar ‘‘Ben Franklin once said "In wine, there is wisdom; in beer, there is freedom" Well, we've got cocktails, and in that – there is one heck of a great night’. If you are in TREC, keep yourself busy with crafted cocktails from IKKI, if not, keep the bartenders busy at least.
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Pisco Bar, Changkat Bukit Bintang

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Pisco Bar, introduces to Kuala Lumpur a great range of unique Peruvian and Spanish Tapas for dinner. This atmosphere of course is leading towards an eclectic urban chic ambience that attracts international travellers, trendy locals and yuppie expats for their outstanding cocktails they have to offer. Be ready to be entertained by the live music performances and take the chance to keep the dance floor occupied with some of their invited trendiest DJs in town.
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A cocktail done right can really show your guests that you care. – Danny Meyer

 

5 Best Malaysian Inspired Cocktails in KL

5 Best Malaysian Inspired Cocktails in KL

Toast to Merdeka!

 


Malaysia has certainly come a long way. What’s better to toast to 59 years of Merdeka with these 5 best Malaysian inspired cocktails in KL?

 

 

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#1 Selangor Sling by SkyBar @ Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur

The award-winning SkyBar, one of the city's most popular rooftop bars, is located high up on the 33rd floor of Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur, and features a variety of cocktails and amazing views of the Petronas Twin Towers from its cabana booths. Try the Selangor Sling, a localised version of Tanqueray Gin combined with Cherry Brandy Liqueur and shaken with pressed pineapple juice, fresh lemon juice, and a touch of Angostura Bitters, topped by a D.O.M. Benedict and soda mix. A refreshing long drink with a slight perfume to it.

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#2 Wong Lo Kat by Ojos Bar @ Jaya One 

 

Taiwanese influenced speakeasy bar, Ojos Bar at Jaya One brings you the daring concoction Wong Lo Kat cocktail. Wong Lo Kat is a strong and bitter Chinese herbal tea that is normally drunk to cool the body when a fever breaks. The cocktail is a twist made familiar to local palate with Bourbon infused Chinese herbs, licorice, red dates, goji berry and chrysantymum, Pi Pa Gao made with honey and herbs, Angostura and Chrysantymum bitters.

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#3 Asam Boi Mojito by Naughty Nuri’s @ Desa Sri Hartamas, Life Centre & SS15 The Courtyard

 

Often known for its famous bbq pork ribs and martinis, the Asam Boi Mojito of Naughty Nuri’s is equally good too! Within, a mix of flavourful sweet and sour with a touch of mint makes a full blast on your tongue when you busy licking your fingers after savouring their signature BBQ Spare Ribs.

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#4 Malibu Mango Lassi by Fiercer by Fierce Curry House @ Publika

 

Created by the restaurant owner, Malibu Mango Lassi dresses up that humble staple of Indian health drinks with Malibu rum (from Barbados!). The silky result blends fruit pulp with house-made yogurt for a blissful combination of cream and coconut with a tart edge that makes an excellent pairing with the authentic and spicy Indian cuisines on the table.

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#5 Asean Daiquiri by Opium @ Changkat Bukit Bintang

 

This unique outlet Opium situated in Changkat Bukit Bintang focuses on Asian Oriental delights with a twist; such as Phoenix Dumpling, Fern Leaf Salad, Crispy Duck Noodles, Wagyu Beef Rendang, and the signature Beef Brisket and Tendon Stew just to name a few. You got to try their twisted classic Asean Daiquiri (spiced rum, calamansi, kaffir lime leaves and assam boi) while admiring the interior design inspired by the Opium regimes of the east.

 

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5 Best Must-Try Cocktails in KL

Cool off with a cocktail!

From the classic cocktails to the modern upgrades, here are the must-try cocktails in KL. Bars with friendly ambiance and delightful cocktails to your preference. Enjoy!

opium_black_dragonOpium’s signature house cocktails @ Changkat Bukit Bintang
The moment you stepped into Opium KL, one of the most stylish resto-bars in Changkat Bukit Bintang, you will be impressed by the interior of the restaurant inspired by the Opium regimes of the east – age-old artefacts such as opium bed, opium pipes and rows of huge Chinese wine pots! Beautifully presented in charming ceramic bowls and glasses, Opium KL’s extensive beverage menu consists of single malt whiskies, Chinese rice wines, beers, spirits, and house wines, as well as uniquely-named signature and classic cocktails – Peking Man (vodka, puer tea, longan, lime juice, egg white, and orange bitters), and 50 Shades of Grey – just to name a few. The Black Dragon is a must-try at Opium, with its creamy crème de cassis, lemon juice and blackberries, all blend with a strong vodka to enhance it. Click here for online reservations >

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Pisco Bar's Pisco Sours @ Jalan Mesui
Located in the very heart of Kuala Lumpur, Pisco Bar serves up a Peruvian-inspired menu in a trendy, laid-back setting. During dinner hours, Pisco Bar introduces to KL a great range of unique Peruvian and Spanish Tapas. But it is definitely after dinner when, encouraged by the raw and industrial sexy look of the interior, Pisco Bar acquires its unique character. The Bar proposes a flexible layout which allows cocktail party, live performances with some of the trendiest DJs in town, movie screenings, and many more. If you have the chance to come by here, you really should try the signature cocktails of the bar. One of the must-try drinks is of course, Pisco Bar’s signature Pisco Sours. It’s a light, foamy beverage containing pisco, egg white and sugar to give a sweet taste, while adding lime to balance the sweetness with some acidity. We also like the Peanut Butter & Jelly shooter, comprising frangelico & cranberry! 
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skybars_lychee_rose_martiniSkyBar's Lychee Rose @ Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
SkyBar is the one of the most stunning rooftop bars in KL, offering a great selection of wines, beers, spirits, and cocktails, including signature cocktails such as Lychee Rose. This martini evokes memories of fresh Turkish ‘rose lokum’ but with subtle alcohol undertones. The palest of pink with a plum lychee resting in the bottom of the classic glass, Belvedere vodka, lychee liqueur and rose syrup for your drinking delectation. Lychee Rose is a sweet and feminine drink, and is widely welcome by ladies. Located on the 33rd floor of Traders Hotel and with a modern interior design, SkyBar is the place to go to spend quality time with friends while enjoying the amazing views of the Petronas Twin Towers. Most nights feature mellow jazz and soft rock, with DJs kicking the atmosphere into high gear on certain days. Yes for relaxing ambiance! Click here for online reservations >

 

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Ojos Bar's Taiwanese Cocktails @ Jaya One   

Ojos Bar came up with very original and interesting concept: Taiwanese cocktails. The founders behind Ojos Bar believe that cocktail making is all about stimulation of all 5 senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. At Ojos Bar, their cocktails carry a lot of Taiwanese influence and are easy to drink and well mix up. Their famous one is the Cococabana – the glass is coated nicely with cocoa powder and topped with a homemade cotton candy. It is a great mix of smirnoff vodka, creme de casis, white wine, lime, Ojos ginger syrup, and ginger ale. You can also enjoy their Taiwanese snack to accompany those tasty and sweet cocktails. Every 2 weeks, a Taiwanese mixologist is invited to become a guest mixologist in Ojos Bar to work along with David, a Malaysian mixologist to serve the best concoctions to customers. Click here for online reservations >

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Maison Francaise @ Jalan Changkat Kia Peng

Maison Francaise is a special place that pays true attention to details. Here you will get to experience, the very best of French haute cuisine through a repertoire of inventive French classics and an extensive wine list of over 150 premium wines from France. Relax yourself while sipping the delightful cocktail ‘a la francaise’ while overlooking the pool. Some cocktails offered at Maison Francaise are great classics and some with a twist. Don't miss the signature Punch cocktails – French Punch is originally made according to a recipe that involves the following rhythm: “One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, four of weak.“; That would be: lime juice, sugar, rum, and water. Although in new versions, many different fruits can be supplemented, so enjoy our signature collection of punches that make you feel the French inspiration. And that is not all, you can also enjoy the long list of Kirs – the most difficult task is to choose! Click here for online reservations >