Singapore has their Sling, Moscow their Mule, and Manhattan theirâ€¦ well Manhattan. But if Jakarta were a cocktail, what would it be?
In conjunction with Jakartaâ€™s birthday on June 22, we asked some of the cityâ€™s most passionate (and zany) bartenders to come up with a special cocktail creation, inspired by the big Durian itself.
Mixologist - Kiki Moka
Cocktail - â€œBir Pletok with a twistâ€ - Vodka, Cointreau, Lime Juice, Ginger Beer, head of beer
The most famous of traditional Betawi drinks is perhaps Bir Pletok, a warm drink of ginger, pandan, lemongrass, spices and hot water, commonly found in traditional markets around Jakarta. â€œThe first alcoholic version of Bir Pletok was made in the â€˜60s for none other than President Soekarno and his delegates at Hotel Indonesia,â€ (now Hotel Kempinski Indonesia) explains the familiar face of Kiki Moka, the Union Groupâ€™s head mixologist. Kiki knows this because four years ago, he actually met the bartender responsible, Haji Mamik. â€œIâ€™ve added twist to Hajiâ€™s recipe by including ginger beer and ice,â€ says Kiki. The result is a refreshing, more-ish concoction, not dissimilar to a Moscow Mule. We highly recommend it!
Price - IDR 95,000 (available on request).
It published in Now! Jakarta June 2015