For one week some of Shanghai’s best cocktail bars will be celebrating the first ever printed definition of the word cocktail – in a New York newspaper dated May 6th 1806 – with special menus of discounted drinks. Priced at ¥50 at all participating bars, these cocktails will reveal the life and times of mixed drinks over the past 200 years. Go to Jade on 36 to enjoy a flight of three Martinis charting the evolution of that iconic cocktail, or drop into The Public for New Orlean’s inspired classics. The Alchemist meanwhile will be riffing on its own style with big twists on modern favourites, while the Ritz Bar will be presenting drinks associated with key dates in the Ritz Carlton’s history. Otto e Mezzo will be celebrating Italian legends, while Fennel Lounge will be twisting famous drinks with Chinese flavours, and HoF promises classics that perfectly match with desserts. It’s a fantastic chance to taste some great drinks at cheaper than normal prices – and hopefully learn a little bit more about the history of cocktails and bartending along the way. Participating bars: The Alchemist, The Apartment, Arcade, Fennel Lounge, The Geisha, HoF, Jade on 36 at the Pudong Shangri-La, The Long Bar at The Waldorf Astoria, Lost Heaven Lounge on the Bund, The Martini Bar at The Langham Xintiandi, Otto e Mezzo Bombana, The Public, The Ritz Bar, The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Yucca.
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