6 New Cocktails to Try in AD Bar

Our favourite pre-BC bar in Bangsar is in renaissance with its décor and drinks.

Themed bars are aplenty in Kuala Lumpur, as each watering hole competes with the next to draw in as many patrons as possible. Usually the more outlandish the theme, the better and when AD Bar first burst into the scene, they ran all the way with their direction, offering us legendary cocktails such as the Yeti Cup and Fairy’s Tears.

AD Bar Anno Domini Bar Bangsar

Always the adventurous, the bold people behind AD Bar are now moving towards a new era for the bar, with the addition of ingenious bartender Jeffri Sulaiman and a little sprucing up of the menu. Although that means some of our favourites are currently unavailable, the bar ups the ante by introducing six new cocktails that encapsulate its new direction.

AD Bar Anno Domini Bar Bangsar
Added seating at AD Bar.

1. Lemongrass Gin & Tonic

AD Bar Anno Domini Bar Bangsar

One main concept of the new and improved AD Bar is the reimagining of classic cocktails, but with a local twist. The Lemongrass Gin & Tonic caters to the tastebuds of loyal G&T fans, while presenting them with a pleasant surprise. The drink is made from lemongrass infused gin, which has undergone an intricate infusion technique done in-house, and is served in a Moscow Mule cup with lemongrass straw.

Strength: Weak to Civilised.

2. Tea and Berries Gin & Tonic

AD Bar Anno Domini Bar Bangsar

Another take on the classic G&T, this variation’s main ingredient is the rooibos pomegranate berries infused gin. The rooibos tea is non-caffeinated red tea, which according to Jeffri tastes like “black tea but with hints of strawberry.” Other components of the drink include frozen berries, orange and drops of orange oil at the edges of the unique apparatus used to serve the drink in.

Strength: Weak to Civilised.

3. Saloma

AD Bar Anno Domini Bar Bangsar

This Malaysian rendition of the classic Ramos Gin Fizz incorporates the the trifecta herbs of Southeast Asia: lemongrass, kaffir lime, and pandan. Although the traditional Ramos Gin Fizz is hard to make, Jeffri has perfected the art and went even beyond by creating his own version while paying homage to a local legend. He describes the drink as a “sweet green curry in cocktail” but don’t be alarmed, it’s more dessert than a Thai gravy.

Strength: Weak to Civilised.

4. Oriental Negroni

AD Bar Anno Domini Bar Bangsar

The Negroni is a crowd-favourite, especially by those who prefer their cocktails robust and potent. Its Oriental cousin found at AD Bar, on the other hand, includes the special lemongrass infused gin and with more vermouth in comparison to its paler relative. The straw comes in the form of lemongrass and the drink is sprinkled with orange powder for the extra touch.

Strength: Drunken.

5. Mushroom

AD Bar Anno Domini Bar Bangsar

If you ever wondered how a cold spiked mushroom cream would taste like, then this is the drink for you. One of mixologist Jeffri’s best works, the Mushroom’s base is mushroom infused vodka, and is completed by oleo saccharum, black pepper, mushroom powder, dehydrated button mushrooms, and the aromatic truffle oil. Perfect as an hors d’oeuvre and the go-to drink if you have not eaten anything before drinking.

Strength: Civilised.

6. The Irish Quack

AD Bar Anno Domini Bar Bangsar

Another food-inspired offering at AD Bar is The Irish Quack, which takes a page from Cantonese cuisine—pork bacon cooked in duck’s fat. The pork bacon is substituted to the beef counterpart here and pulverised before being served as bacon salt on the rim of the glass with clarified butter. The Irish Whiskey which serves as the base for the drink is also fat-washed with the duck oil used to cook the bacon, exemplifying the ingenuity of the new range of cocktails at AD Bar.

Strength: Drunken.

For more information about AD Bar, check out this Facebook page here and Instagram here.

Anno Domini Bar
21A, Jalan Telawi 3,
Bangsar Baru,
59100 Kuala Lumpur.

Vimal Palasekaran

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