Monday, 22 June 2009

No Smoke without Fire


The Captain's Bar at the Mandarin Oriental is a true Hong Kong institution, where regulars can drink draft beer from their own engraved silver tankards, and where cigar smoke usually hangs so heavy in the air that non-smokers tend to just stick their heads inside, take one breath and then swiftly exit. To usher in a new smoke-free era when the smoking ban hits on July 1st, the Captain's Bar (and M Bar) will be launching an innovative range of "smoking inspired" cocktails and canapĂ©s to help smokers kick the habit. 

The Smoking collection includes three cocktails: Havana (containing rum infused with tobacco), Smoky Martini (a stem-less martini glass balanced inside a bubble glass filled with dry ice "smoke"), and Cigar & Cigarette, which is actually two different cocktails served together in tubes to look like their namesakes. The canapĂ© selection is just as creative, named Light, Havana and Patch. Patch is actually literally inspired by a nicotine patch - a clear film served in a plastic dispenser that dissolves in the mouth to taste like smokey bacon. 

We're very excited to try them all out! Who ever thought smoking would be so cool again? 

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