Blending innovation and science with alcohol, cocktail always comes on anyone first list for sunset time. Some sips of the cocktail will keep you cool as you watch the sunset or enjoy the evening from your daybed under a thatched roof. When choosing your best cocktail as the base for your signature drink, you can start by considering your go-to cocktail, both as a couple and individually. Perhaps you enjoy drinking a dry martini, while your plus one likes sipping a Manhattan, or you both look forward to clinking a Champagne cocktail. Either way, shake or strain, pour it in a cocktail glass or build it over ice in a rocks glass, it’s all your choice!
Now, let’s tweak the balance between sour and sweet. Here is our list of the best cocktails in Bali (in alphabetical order)!
If you’ve been swearing off alcohol in the name of flat abs, well try this low-calorie cocktail at Pala Rooftop Bar and Selasar Deli of Apurva Kempinski Bali. Taking inspiration from the traditional concoction of Jamu, the professional mixologists of the resort came together to create a refreshing cocktail that fuses the traditional and modern. Named after the term used to describe Jamu makers, Acaraki is a refreshing cocktail based on pandan leaf infused arak, Bali tangerine marmalade, rice galangal cordial and sparkling water. Now, who says you can’t keep healthy while cocktailing?
The Apurva Kempinski Bali
Vodka definitely makes an exciting addition to several mixed drinks to your own taste and liking. Whether you like the flavour to be strong or mild, you have all the control. At the Centerstage of Hard Rock Hotel Bali, their El Hypnotea is mixing Vodka, orange liquer, cranberry juice, sour mix dan peppermint tea. Try this time-honoured traditional drink at the Centerstage. With 90s rock jamming, you will transport back to an old fashioned cocktail party.
Hard Rock Hotel Bali
Gin is often packed full of herbal goodness! Made with juniper berries, angelica root, rosemary, citrus peel, nutmeg, sage, lemon-grass; the list is endless, most of which offer a wide range of healing benefits. The gins at The Lounge of Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort come in a variety of aromas with the widest range available in Kuta area. Each gin is paired with a garnish which has been carefully selected. By all means to create your own mixture of flavours! These gins are perfectly served with Fever-Tree Tonic. Made by blending the finest botanical oils with soft spring water and the highest quality quinine from the ‘fever trees’ of the Eastern Congo, Fever-Tree Tonic is a delicious, natural, award-winning mixer with a uniquely clean and refreshing taste and aroma. Designed to enhance the taste of gin rather than mask it. So, whenever you’re feeling a little under the weather, simply raise a glass of gin!
Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort
Similar to Caipiroska but with a bit of twist here and there, Marioska is a perfect selection for a hot sunny day in Bali. Using a secret recipe from Mariusz Mierzejewski, the Resort Manager of The Trans Resort Bali, this cocktail is combining orange and green colours of mint leaves. The lime and ice cubes create the freshness of Marioska, which is perfect to pair it with delicious tapas in the afternoon. Available at The Restaurant, The Lobby Lounge, and The 18th Rooftop Bar, Marioska will satisfy the palate of the cocktail enthusiast.
The Trans Resort Bali
After spending a long walk at Jimbaran Beach, a glass of Marlet at 35 Degrees Club will boost up your mood to prepare Jimbaran’s nightlife. Smooth the transition from day to night with their signature cocktail. This cocktail combines chili lime arak with lemon and galangal syrup. The lime makes the water taste so refreshing and bright, while the arak will add a tiny touch of natural punch to your drink. Sip it as the sun goes down. Now, close your eyes when you take the first sip, and you will be transported back to Jimbaran beach with turquoise blue waters and palm trees swaying in the light breeze. This is the next best thing to a tropical vacation. Be rest assured this appealing arak cocktail will jazz up the rest of your day!
35 Degrees Club
Focusing on the exploration of Indonesia’s fine tropical offerings, Akademi Bar houses a vast range of infused locally produced arak. This Balinese traditional spirit is made from coconut, rice and cane infused with the best produce in Bali such as snake fruit, pineapple, rambutan, rosella, honey, strawberry and many more. Featuring Nusa Daiquiri, a solid combination of spiced rum, orange arak, lemongrass shrub, light rum, citrus juice and 2 dashes of tropical bitters to be shaken and doubled strain. Serving in a ceramic cocktail glass, and sip on!
Inspired by the flavours of Asia and Mexico, Paloma cocktail brings a unique freshness for the cocktail connoisseurs. Made with El Jimador Tequila that is distilled in Jalisco with 100% blue Weber agave tequila, Paloma is perfect for that sunny day in Bali with friends. The mix of the smokiness of tequila is skillfully concocted with a subtle kick of shichimi (or mostly known as togarashi, the Japanese chilli powder) that you’ll taste at the very first sip of Paloma.
Where to find Paloma? Nowhere else but Ona Canggu, the Mediterranean restaurant & bar is easily found in the epicentrum of Berawa culinary destination. The 80-seater restaurant brings in the international talent of Chef Daniel Taddeo at the helm of its culinary team, serving contemporary and refined Mediterranean dishes to the discerning foodies. Ona Canggu opens daily from 11 AM – 11 PM, follow them at @onacanggu on Instagram for weekly special offers.
The Treasure Box
Azul Beach Club is proud to be the pioneer of Bali’s Tiki Bar scene boasting its own signature craft cocktails by hand-picking local ingredients and premium liquors to create a new range of tropical delights to the traditional cocktails. Highlighting their cocktails to share, The Treasure Box is delightful and dramatically served sharing cocktail punch, consisting of local ginger, Azul hibiscus tea, homemade grenadine, apple juice and vodka. Very refreshing and fun! Perfect for 5 pirates to share.
Azul Beach Club
This cocktail at Attika Bar of La Favela is the all-out crowd-pleasing cocktail. Not only is the presentation a feast to the eye, tasting it will double up your expectation. Maximising unique taste of gin wash with chocolate, almond milk, chocolate liqueur and chocolate syrup, the Attika’s Mixologist was inspired by chocolate lovers in creating this drink. He knew that everyone likes chocolate, and therefore he found the best balance for this cocktail. So, shake and pour it in Martini glass with chocolate rim… voila!