Five brunch cocktails in KL
The perfect tipples for that most important meal of the day – brunch. By Kong Wai Yeng. Photography Stacy Liu
Bloody Mary (pictured above)
Where to drink Sid’s Pub
What’s in it Vodka, tomato juice, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Angostura Bitters.
Why we like it Reckoning with a dog bite? The punchy Bloody Mary will soothe all your hangover jitters. The vodka delivers a narcotic jolt while the lemon and tomato juice unleash a refreshing tanginess. It’s a cascade of flavours on the tongue – spicy, sour and sweet. The Tabasco sauces up your Mary with an extra zing that’ll wake up even the groggiest morning moaners. Sid’s has got the classic formula spot-on; all the more reason for you to begin boozing early in the day.
Perfect match Tomato juice complements non-fruity meals like casseroles and pancakes. Down this with a slap-up bangers and mash.
Where to drink Prego, served upon request
What’s in it GH Mumm Champagne, orange juice.
Why we like it A cocktail doesn’t get simpler than this. If you’re sweating booze after a Friday night full of margaritas, go for something less complicated like the mimosa. The taste is exceedingly straightforward – call it a fizzy orange juice if you like. It provides a good dose of vitamin C and a dash of tartness to wash down a meal when a regular flute won’t do. Prego adds a cherry in their mimosa for the finishing touch, to which we say ‘class act’.
Perfect match Because of its simple but refreshing flavour, the mimosa is good for practically everything – from fry ups to eggs.
Gaymers Pear Cider
Where to drink La Bodega
What it is A light alcoholic drink made using from pears.
Why we like it Cider is something you’d imagine savouring on a picnic mat at some beautiful knoll. It’s easydrinking like that, which makes it a gentler substitute for beer. The taste is a little acidic, with a flavour range from dry to sweet like wine. Unlike apple cider which can be a tad sugary, the pear version has a medium body with balanced sweetness that reflects the crisp flavour of ripe pears. We like to think that these ciders are classier, like a low strength wine.
Perfect match The drink sits well with white meat and dishes like salmon omelette and eggs Benedict.
Where to drink Neroteca
What is it Tequila, orange juice, grenadine
Why we like it Get this straight: Tequila Sunrise is not easy to drink. Instead, it works like a soft biff to the head, and the taste gets more pronounced as you reach the bottom of the glass. Like the glorious sun, the drink really wakes you up. Most people encounter tequila in the form of a shot but the splash of orange juice in this cocktail counters the acridity that burns the back of the throat. Neroteca rustles up a Tequila Sunrise that’s smooth enough to be sipped like cognac and downed like a party shot.
Perfect match Sweet meals such as bagel sandwiches, jam toast and croissants. Also compatible with solid meat such as bacon and ham.
Where to drink Morganfield’s
What’s in it Absolut Apeach, peach fruit, champagne.
Why we like it Here’s something we’d definitely hold in our hands at breakfast. What’s not to like about the Bellini? It’s Italian and sexily pinkish. The vodka’s clean profile doesn’t fight with the champagne, and the combo drives us into a mild high. It lacks the fresh peach pulp that supposedly gives the cocktail a summery perfume but we drop our pessimism as we gulp down the second glass. It has such a heady, fruity aftertaste that you’ll never look at Bellini the same way again.
Perfect match Go for foods that aren’t salty. Bellini and French toast marry wonderfully but waffles with caramelised bananas do the trick too.