Alcoholic or not, these drinks sure hit the sweet spot.
Tucked away in Wisma Atria’s basement, perpetual queues snake outside this modest dessert beverage store. A word-play on ‘fruits’ and ‘fusion’, the local brand serves unique fruity slurpable desserts and boasts a wide range of local flavours with a tinge of Japanese influence. The crowd favourite is definitely the Coconut Avocado ($4.30 medium, $5.30 large), made with five-hour house-filtered coconuts and fresh avocados. The result – a decadent, invigorating treat without artificial sweeteners and caffeine. Choose Kurano sago, coconut capellini, or tapioca pearls as toppings, or add coconut ice cream for more indulgence (toppings at $0.70-$0.90).
Another intriguing option is Purple Grains ($3.20 medium, $4.20 large). Inspired by local dessert pulut hitam, the creamy drink has a great play on textures, and is sweet without being cloying. (Tip: ask for reduced sweetness level – still tasty but less guilt! #B1-45 Wisma Atria. Tel: 6910 3108
Try the latest Taiwanese bubble tea contender – Bobii Frutii. Each cup is eye candy as much as it is a sweet treat. A signature would be the Mermaid’s Tears ($5.90), a refreshing blue-orange ombre fruit blend of butterfly pea extract, mango juice, honey, yogurt, and butterfly pea tapioca pearls.
For something with more mystic, try Pandora’s Treasure ($5.90), a charming drink that changes from azure to purple when you stir it – a fascinating natural reaction between butterfly pea extract and lemon juice. 3155 Commonwealth Avenue.
For a truly unique drinkable dessert, try Xin Divine’s Osmanthus Sphere ($12++), a two-part creation inspired by the traditional osmanthus and wolfberry jelly. A jelly glass-like orb pops open to reveal a refreshing, chilled winter melon soup, with sprigs of osmanthus, wolfberries, and pang da hai (malva nut) contained within. Pour in the accompanying glass of aerated red date juice for an extra dimension to the clear soup. 10 Duxton Hill. Tel: 3100 0030
Made with fresh fruits and natural sweeteners, Fruiturday‘s drinks are not only good for the ‘gram, but for you as well. With fresh mangoes and coconuts flown in from Thailand, you know you’re getting the real deal when you order the Mango Sticky Rice Smoothie ($6.90). A drinkable form of the classic Thai dessert, the smoothie can be blended according to your preference – ‘fine’ for a smoother, creamy consistency, and ‘chunky’ for more texture from the kibbled rice. B2-146 Northpoint City (South Wing)
Known for a local-inspired menu, rooftop bar Loof also serves up some dessert-esque options. The Gummi Berry ($22) is truly a tipple for the sweet toothed – gin is mixed with orange curaçao, strawberry, blueberry, and topped with a flame- toasted meringue.
For that one friend who needs to fulfill his daily bubble tea quota, try the Loof Bubble Tea ($21). This spiked bubble tea comes shaken with vodka, orange liqueur, sour plum, passion fruit, calamansi, lemon and yogurt, with an intriguing addition of fruity pearls. #03- 07, 331 North Bridge Road, Odeon Towers Extension Rooftop. Tel: 6337 9416
Jekyll & Hyde
Ever thought that tau huay could be made into a cocktail? No, we’re not talking about soy bean milk. Another local-inspired dessert tipple worth trying would have to be the Mr. Bean ($22), a ‘tau huay’ cocktail from Jekyll & Hyde. Fresh beancurd is bought daily from the local market down the street and shaken with Frangelico, butterscotch liquor and vodka, and a dash of Kaya for good measure. Come by during happy hour between 6-8pm if you can, and enjoy 1-for- 1 cocktails. 49 Tras Street. Tel: 6222 3349
Bitters and Love
Since we’re talking about kaya, why not have a kaya toast tipple? Served in a kaya bottle, the Kaya Toast cocktail ($25) from Bitters and Love is one for the local breakfast-lovers out there. Kaya is stirred in with rum, peach liqueur, English breakfast tea, honey, citrus and egg white, and the dessert tipple is ready to satisfy your sweet tooth, but not before being topped with a slice of toast, and a generous dollop of fresh, sweet kaya. 118 Telok Ayer Street. Tel: 6438 1836
The Secret Mermaid
Hop on over to The Secret Mermaid for a spiked version of a drinkable mango sticky rice – the cheeky Spice and Everything Nice ($22) blends white rum with mango, coconut cream, chilli, lime and vanilla bitters.
While you’re there, try your luck at ordering their Moonshine Milo ($20), a local-inspired concoction
of moonshine, Milo powder, raspberry syrup and chocolate bitters. Call it a secret menu item if you will – the chocolatey drink is no longer on the main menu, but just the say the word and cocoa heaven will be yours. B1-09, 10 Collyer Quay, Ocean Financial Centre