Punch Cocktails: Meet Hong Kong’s first punch cocktail lounge, Thirsty Shaker, which opens on April 21st in time for the relaxation of social distancing measures in the city. Although the bar scene has been hard-hit during these tough times, we can’t wait to try the hottest new openings as the pandemic restrictions ease.
Look & Feel: Much like its sister establishments The Wise King and Tell Camellia from the same veteran co-founder Sandeep Hathiramani, Thirsty Shaker is sleek and sophisticated. Nestled within Soho, this new cocktail lounge is set to impress with its cozy indoor sofas and breezy outdoor terrace.
On The Menu: Punch means five in Sanskrit, referring to its five elements: fruits, spices (or tea), citrus, sugar and alcohol. Thirsty Shaker brings together these concepts to offer urbanites a unique drinking experience in the heart of the city. As you can expect, punches are the name of the game here, while cocktails are single serves.
On punch, the Bombay Royale Punch predates to its origins in Surat, India nodding to its 1632 roots. The bar’s modern iteration combines raspberry, apple, rose, ginger and gin for an aromatic fruity kick. Imagine yourself in the tropics with the Coco Colada, a refreshing bevvy that features coconut, pineapple, citrus and spiced rum. Meanwhile, Dicken’s Punch is an ode to the English writer, with a spirit of Darjeeling tea, nutmeg, rum and brandy.
After a round of punch, be sure to try some of the revived cocktails, which invites nostalgia. This menu chooses “forgotten” drinks that are rare in the bar scene, updated every month. The Lai Zi Martini delicately balances lychee with jasmine and is pumped with gin and fortified wine. Other delightful concoctions include the Oaxacan Sunrise, an update on Tequila Sunrise, with a hint of spice. Double or Nothing revives Nothing cocktail, which was popular in 90’s Hong Kong, with papaya, melon, mascarpone cheese foam and vodka. And for those who miss beach getaways in Thailand, you’re not alone – why not try the Mango No. 5 which uses all the traditional ingredients from a sweet mango sticky rice?
Cocktails cost HK$120 and punches vary from HK$420 to HK$480, with additional 10% service charge.
Great For: A night out on the town – something we can’t wait for, dear April 21st!
FYI: Partnering with Sandeep for this concept is none other than Himson Lam. He previously worked at top bars including Foxglove, Dr. Ferns, COA and Tell Camellia.
This writeup is a news piece and was not based on a restaurant visit. The Loop HK will update this post once we’ve visited in person.