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[WOM Drinks] 6 nostalgic cocktails
Date Published : 12 Apr 2018

Apart from visiting the district of my primary school or getting together with high school friends, one other activity that brings back memories of a Hong Kong childhood would be walking down the grocery aisle – the one lined with juice boxes, shelf after shelf of apple juice and lemon tea and chocolate milk. Once upon a time, following a trip to the supermarket, one of these boxes would be pulled out from a rock-heavy, textbook-laden backpack, its straw jabbed and broken free from the plastic then plucked into the box, to be enjoyed through recess.

Now, we can still always purchase a six-pack – of grape juice – when nostalgia hits, but did you know there are ‘grownup’ versions of these drinks in cocktail menus around the city?

While no longer in juice boxes, these six cocktails sure throw us back to many a recess spent growing up in Hong Kong.  

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Childhood Memory @Bao Bei
This, for instance, is exactly what we mean. The branded bottle looks innocent enough, although the contents, not so much: it’s malt spiked with spiced rum and Bailey’s. Yum. B1/F, 75-77 Wyndham St., Central; 2801 7779;

Vita Lemon Tea @65 Peel

Not only does it remind us of those yellow juice boxes, but it also looks like the typical cha chaan teng iced lemon tea. At 65 Peel, it comes with a dash of vodka. G/F, 65 Peel St.; 2342 2224;

High Tea @KWOON by The Woods

Chrysanthemum tea, how could we forget? This version by KWOON, with lovelier – more grownup – packaging designed by Melissa Bui, comes with gin and lemon. 64 Staunton St, Central; 2522 0281;

Bounty Hunter @Honi Honi

Pretty much everyone likes their Vita chocolate milk, and this tiki bar does a perfect cocktail rendition with Michter’s Bourbon, Bailey’s, coconut milk, coconut water, Aztec chocolate bitters, and coconut syrup. 3/F, Somptueux Central, 52 Wellington St, Central; 2353 0885;

Marshmallow Duo @Quinary

A birthday party staple, marshmallows get a grownup twist in this cocktail – slow-cooked and turned into a milkshake with Absolut Vanilla vodka, cream and egg white, topped with grilled marshmallows spiked with Bulleit Rye. 56-58 Hollywood Rd, Central; 2851 3223;

Don’t ‘Lai Cha’ Me @Back Bar

Alright, so we still love our milk tea today – at Back Bar, we get to have our lai cha and our alcohol – with amaretto, milk, English Breakfast and Earl Grey tea in the mix. The shortbread that comes with it is a throwback of its own. 1-7 Ship Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong; 2555 0628;


Johna Baylon



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