I enter M Bar on a busy Saturday night, to a full house. Located in the heart of Park Street, M Bar is perfect for those who would love to spend some time, drinking, talking, eating good food, and listening to some nice music. Tonight is no exception, and cool music plays in the background while the bar starts to get crowded. Orders for shots, poured drinks and cocktails come in swiftly, and huge pitchers of Long Island Iced Tea is prepared and sent to waiting tables. The servers run around, working the crowd, while the drink mixing is at full pace in the bar.
Pedro Rafael, star bartender (or, startender, to be precise) from Diageo, whips up a few amazing cocktails with a twist. Tonight, he makes some of his fun favorites, and he loves adding a little twist to the drinks, and this time, it?s no different. I see a few extremely fun sounding drinks in the special menu which he is mixing tonight, some inspired by the city, and some are just waiting for those who wants to try out a totally different cocktail. Pedro uses a few signature, exclusive, liquor, for his drinks, and the result tastes great!
For example, the Calcutta Courage, which contains Ciroc Vodka, Pineapple Juice, and a touch of ginger. The pineapple juice and vodka combination is an old one, but the ginger adds a touch of warmth, which makes itself known as you sip on the drink. Simple, yet effective, and a great way to start off a fun night. On the other hand, the Pornstar Martini is playful and a lot of fun. This comprises of Ketel One Vodka, fresh pineapples and strawberry shaken together with some ice, and then poured in a martini glass. The froth from the shaker is floated on top, and he finishes the drink with a slice of passionfruit on top and a shot glass filled with some sparkling wine. The key to this drink is the fact that it is pink, fruity, and served with some bubbles on the side ? an expensive number, perfect for a frivolous evening.
Pedro is generous with his cocktail mixing, and shows the resident bartenders a thing or two. For example, he takes Johnny Walker Platinum Label, and mixes it with some homemade blackberry syrup, ginger ale, and lime juice. Stirred together, the drink is served simply, and the blackberry syrup adds a little bounce to the whiskey, while the ginger ale gives it a little fizzy note. Although I am not much of a fan of mixing Johnny Walker with anything else (Especially when it is Platinum), I must say, this drink does have its merits. It is fun, experimental, and quite daring in its own way.
There are several other interesting sounding drinks on the menu, but at this point, I am pleasantly buzzed and the bar is getting more crowded, so I make my way to the DJ console, where requests are being accepted from time to time. Pedro smiles and raises a little toast as I leave, but then goes back to making yet another drink.
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