Black Mojo at Honi Honi Tiki Lounge
Step inside and you’ll forget that you’re in the center of a bustling city. Immerse yourself into a bar full of Polynesian-esque furniture, and a garden of lush greenery for those who prefer to bask in the open air. Step up to the bar and you’ll be able to gaze upon an impressive wall display of more than 200 different varieties of rum (a glorious sight for those who have been severely rum-deprived). These varieties helps the Honi Honi claim itself to be the biggest rum bar in Asia.
The cocktail of choice here is the ‘Black Mojo.’ This is a creation that comprises delightfully sweet and fruity notes, all centered around a black spiced rum – Black Magic. Presented in a blue tiki cup, decorated with a flower and served with a flaming passion fruit, this will have you dreaming of tropical beaches, soft sand and clear blue seawater. Comprising lime juice, passion fruit puree, pineapple mint syrup and a dash of egg white, it builds an intense flavor that surprisingly doesn’t overwhelm you. The only downside to this cocktail is that it doesn’t last long enough. Cue: why is the rum always gone…?
Honi Honi, 52 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2353 0885
Dr. Kananga’s Rum Punch at Boujis
Boujis is a boutique bar and club located on Pottinger Street, that takes care of discerning drinkers and party animals alike. They offer a selection of premium spirits, cocktails and a powerful sound system that turns the place into a venue for those who want to dance the night away.
The newly created rum cocktail to note is Dr. Kananga’s rum punch. It is named after a villainous dictator of a fictitious Caribbean island in the 1973 Bond film, Live and Let Die. The cocktail is made up of a selection of fine rums from Guatemala, Bermuda and Jamaica. It’s strong, flavorful and with the added mango and passion mixers, it’s tropical. Served in a skull head, and accompanied by a calling card, this cocktail is as menacing as it is alluring. It’s perfect for those with a penchant for the macabre.
Boujis, Car Po Commercial Building, 37 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2324 0200
Dark and Stormy Intense at Quinary
Quinary seeks to engage the senses through flavor and aroma combinations. The bar is narrow, cozy and ideal for those looking for a place to have a relaxed conversation. Talented mixologists serve up a storm (pun intended) with their cocktails. Their new rum-based creations are no different.
Presented simply, the ‘Dark and Stormy Intense’ is a carbonated alternative to the scores of fruity cocktails available. The homemade ginger beer used in the cocktail is powerful and the flavor will immediately wreak havoc on your tastebuds (in a good way). The ginger slow-cooked Gosling rum also packs a punch. Combine that with the chilled vibe of the venue and you’re onto a winner.
Quinary, 56-58 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong +852 2851 3223
Bermuda Triangle at Bibo
If you’re looking for a quirky, fine dining restaurant and cocktail bar, Bibo is one to try. Step inside the conveniently camouflaged door and you’ll feel like you’re entering a secret den. It provides an ideal atmosphere to unwind in after a long day. There are cocktails to stimulate your tastebuds and creative artwork to stimulate your eyes and mind.
Don’t let the size of this cocktail fool you, as it is intense to say the least. It’s served in an elegant yet simple silver cup and the concoction inside is one to savor. A mixture of Gosling black seal rum, yuzu, maple syrup and ginger beer combine for a delicious cocktail prepared in a meticulous way. However, the real kicker is the addition of a vanilla-infused absinthe. Although this slightly overpowers the rum, it’s a perfect cocktail for those wanting something on the stronger side.
Bibo, 163 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2956 3188
The Big Black Cocktail at Lily & Bloom
Lily & Bloom maintains its position as a prominent bar on the Hong Kong scene, with bartenders who concentrate on classic mixology. It celebrates bar culture, fine cocktails and a modern atmosphere, which is renowned for quality drinks. Kick back in the turn of the century American-inspired space and dimly lit atmosphere for their almighty rum-based creation.
‘The Big Black Cocktail’ is another one for lovers of the macabre. Order this and you’ll be presented with a crystal clear skull filled with an ominous, and frankly lethal looking, black liquid. The cocktail is sweet and strong. It is made from a combination of balsamic vinegar, salted cola reduction, Kraken black spiced rum, elemakule tiki bitters and coffee washed dried fruit compote. It is most definitely a tough one to finish on your own, but worth the challenge – kudos to those who can.
Lily & Bloom, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong +852 2810 6166