You can now explore Hong Kong’s rich culture with a groundbreaking new cocktail tasting menu at the city’s newest speakeasy, 25:00 (Twenty Fifth Hour).
The new Central Hong Kong cocktail divan is hidden away above the iconic Luk Yu Tea House and presents The Journey to 25:00 menu, the creation of Head Mixologist Kenzo Lee, an alumnus of Woobar at W Hotel and Sugar at East Hotel. The new cocktail lineup takes sippers on a tour of Hong Kong’s culinary culture via a chronological exploration of a typical day in the city.
The six cocktail tasting menu begins with a concoction inspired by the famed morning ritual of Yum Cha (below), with Black Label whisky, cold-brewed jasmine tea, elderflower, grapefruit, and green apple combined to create a libation that blurs the line between drinking and dining. There’s also a midday-inspired tipple that nods to the classic pineapple, coconut and melon-flavoured Nothing cocktail that defined nineties day drinking in Hong Kong.
Inspired by Cantonese seafood, Drunken Snail combines salted plum, Chinese spices, and plum wine in a slightly savoury concoction that embodies the waterfront dining scene of Lamma or Cheung Chau; while Bo Jai Fan blends shitake sous vide gin with Chinese preserved sausage fat-washed Amaro Montenegro and elderflower in a unique libation reminiscent of the city’s favourite clay pot dish.
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Ice Cream is a dessert cocktail that celebrates classic milk tea and is topped with truffle ‘caviar’; and the menu ends with 25:00, the unspoken extra hour of the day that the bar is named for, an alcoholic double-boiled soup that aims to promote a feeling of wellbeing as guests wind down the evening.
The cocktail tasting menu experience is available only at the bar and is limited to eight seats per night, from Monday to Wednesday only so be sure to book in advance.
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