Harvests of History and Adventures — Where it All Began

Harvests of History and Adventures — Where it All Began

January 11, 2018 By

Singapore Botanic Garden

Starting at the doorstep of Shangri-La Singapore, Orchard Road was home to plantations of fruit trees, pepper and nutmeg leading to the Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO heritage site that is home to over 1,200 species of orchids and 2,000 hybrids, a collection that has grown since the 1930s.

Bartender Adam Bursik’s menu “Orchard” and “Marina Bay” is inspired by the history of agriculture and botany of Singapore juxtaposed alongside the infinite possibilities of the future.

Miss Joaquim — Vodka-based cocktail shaken with rambutan, pomegranate, and sherryMiss Joaquim — Vodka-based cocktail shaken with rambutan, pomegranate, and sherry

Little clues along Orchard Road celebrate the history of its harvests. From bronze plaques on the ground that indicate which fruits were grown where – banana trees, pineapples, pepper and art sculptures of mace and nutmeg.

The Pearl — Black Forest gin with tofu, elderflower, sea grapes, and Mugi shochuThe Pearl — Black Forest gin with tofu, elderflower, sea grapes, and Mugi shochu

Adam took a deep dive to immerse in local produce, enjoying the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables in this tropical climate. Growing up in Slovakia on a starch and cheese heavy diet, taking the plunge into this broad repertoire of tasting notes was a treat.

Star of Fruits — Sandalwood, Carambola, and Beefeater Gin topped with RasgullaStar of Fruits — Sandalwood, Carambola, and Beefeater Gin topped with Rasgulla

A childhood pastime was eating seasonal fruits directly from his grandparents’ garden – that included apricots, peaches, cherries and blackberries. During his time in Singapore, Adam got acquainted with leaves, flowers and herbs that thrive in this climate, pairing them with different spirits and liquors for unique concoctions in every cocktail.

Marina Bay Sands

We recommend leaving your inhibitions at the door and venture outside your comfort zone to try the “Marina Bay” cocktails – it’s Adam’s carte blanche on going wild with taste profiles possibilities.

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