Give up the white spirits and choose a drink with depth. Here are Bangkok’s newest whiskey-based cocktails and where to get them.
 
[brought to you by Chivas]

R Bar’s Oriental Extra (B350)

What’s in it? Chivas Regal Extra, ginger cordial, vanilla syrup, lime juice and passion fruit juice, garnished with fresh ginger zest
 
Ginger and whiskey make great partners, especially if you choose the right whiskey, such as Chivas Regal Extra, whose nose has a hint of ginger. The result is strong and spicy, toned down by the mild vanilla accents and sharp fruit juice pairings.
 
G/F, Renaissance Hotel, 518/8 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-125-5000. Open daily from 9-1am. BTS Chit Lom
 
 
 
 

1881 by Water Library’s XO-Fashioned (B380)

What’s in it? Chivas Regal Extra, cinnamon syrup and Peychaud’s bitters, garnished with a cinnamon stick and orange peel
 
If you like a good Old Fashioned, there’s zero chance of you not enjoying this drink. Mixologist Teerakitt Charuchinda enlivens the vintage, bold classic with the more complex aromas of cinnamon and Peychaud’s to create a drink that’s sweeter than the original, but beautifully smooth.
 
Groove@CentralWorld, Rama 1 Rd., 02-613- 1778 and 02-613-1774. Open daily 10-1am. BTS Siam/Chit Lom
 
 
 
 

Hyde & Seek Peek-a-Boo’s Whiskey Rebellion (B325)

What’s in it? Bourbon, sweet vermouth, dry vermouth, absinthe and rosemary, garnished with lemon peel
 
Not many places mix absinthe with whiskey. Adding sweet and dry vermouth into the equation may sound like an excess too far, but the new Hyde & Seek’s most boozy concoction is an absolute treat, bursting with complex flavor thanks to the added aromatics of rosemary and lemon peel. Harsh, but in a really good way.
 
1/F, Groove@CentralWorld, Rama 1 Rd., 02- 646-1099. Open daily 11-12:30am. BTS Siam/Chit Lom
 
 

Opposite Mess Hall’s MacSazerac (B240)

What’s in it? Scotch whiskey, Averna, Islay single malt and orange bitters
 
After a big meal, drinking this sweet, aniseed-y, woody concoction with a slice of Opposite’s Marou chocolate tart is epicurean
Nirvana. The base spirit is Scotch (with an added splash of Islay single malt), mixed with Averna grapefruit liqueur and orange bitters. It will send you straight to sleep, but it’s better than any night on the town.
 
27/1 Sukhumvit Soi 51, 02-662-6330. Open Tue-Sun 6:30pm-midnight and Sun 11am-2:30pm 

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