For cocktail aficionados looking to beat the heat, perhaps the latest round of limited-editions summer cocktails to launch at fine-dining establishment Zuma is just the ticket you’re looking for. To greet the season, the innovative izakaya-style eatery has kicked off festivities with its first-ever bottled Highball, created in partnership with local craft mixer Carbonation and Japanese whisky distillery Nikka. Dubbed the Zuma Yuzu Highball, this limited-edition tipple features a pronounced, bubbly yuzu flavour, rounded out with a kick of Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky and green apple. Sweet yet sour, it’s reported to be “the best cure for hot and humid summer nights”.
Elsewhere on the seasonal menu, Zuma has teamed up with yet another international alcohol brand – this time, Casamigos tequila, the tequila brand famously co-founded by George Clooney – to serve up two more thirst-quenching cocktails. The first is Bajiru Smash, a crisp concoction blending Casamigos Reposado with cucumber, lemongrass, lime, yuzu and fresh basil. The second is Shāpu, which sees Casamigos Blanco mixed with longan sake and citrusy notes, given a dash of sweetness with some watermelon juice and a lingering spicy bite courtesy of some shichimi umeshu. To celebrate this synergistic union between Mexican and Japanese flavours, Zuma will also be serving a special selection of tempura to match these drinks.
If that weren’t enough, Zuma is also inviting bartender extraordinaire Jay Khan of COA fame and most recently the winner of the Bartender’s Bartender 2020 award to host a special one-night-only Casamigos-featured affair at Zuma on 16 July from 6pm-9pm. Whether you’re in search of a post-work pick-me-up or just a smooth seasonal cocktail, Zuma seems like its’ pretty much the place to be this summer.