Starting 30 June 2020, guests can experience a new array of creative cocktails at Bar Trigona at Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur which is renowned as one of the city’s trendiest and most luxurious bars. The new menu, “Life Cycle of a Fruit”, reimagines the ways in which popular Malaysian fruits are utilised, and is the result of months of innovating, testing and tasting carried out by the team at Bar Trigona.
“Nearly one-third of perfectly edible fruit ends up being discarded because of its appearance,” explains Head Bartender Ashish Sharma, whose distinctive brand of mixology marries innovation with purpose. “We want to minimise wastage by redefining the aesthetics of fruit.” This new offering comes just weeks after Bar Trigona took top honours as one of Asia’s Top 15 Bars and Malaysia’s Best Bar in this year’s edition of Asia’s 50 Best Bars.
Paying homage to homegrown produce, “Life Cycle of a Fruit” embraces the rich and varied avatars of fruits sourced from local farmers. Each cocktail tells a flavourful story, from jackfruit and watermelon to mango and mandarin orange. Guests can savour novel concoctions like the Mandarin Way, a blend of homemade spiced vermouth, gin, gula melaka and mandarin citric acid, or discover old favourites recast in new form, such as the Mango Negroni crafted with mango-distilled gin, Campari and Aperol.
Led by Ashish’s vision, Bar Trigona’s award-winning mixology team has been busy these past few months, experimenting with ways to extract the unique flavours of fruit along its entire lifecycle – from “fresh” to “overripe.” Techniques like fermentation, distillation and infusion are used to draw out the fruit’s true essence: taste, colour, fragrance, texture and nutrition. Ashish also favours a skin-to-seed approach, ensuring that each component of the ingredient comes into play, either in cocktails or for other culinary purposes. Sustainability is highly valued at Bar Trigona, and its pioneering approach garnered the Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award two years in a row.
“Life Cycle of a Fruit” also reinforces the team’s commitment to native Malaysian honeybees. Trigona honey (Ed – Ashish let me try Trigona honey and honeycomb when I visited sometime last year and I found it absolutely delicious!), the inspiration behind the bar’s name as well as a hive of eco-friendly initiatives, lends its sweet and sour notes to a number of signature cocktails. This highly sought-after nectar is sourced by Four Seasons in small batches from Dino’s Kelulut Organic Farm in Negeri Sembilan. Guests can also experience the diversity of honey with a tasting flight, featuring three versions of the same cocktail made with different varieties of honey.
“Everything in nature is closely connected, so we’re trying to activate as many elements as possible,” says Ashish. “Our hive adoption program helps to preserve bee habitats and natural beekeeping methods. With “Life Cycle of a Fruit”, we’re working with more local fruit cultivators, who depend heavily on pollinators like honeybees. Plus, we continue to support indigenous products like Mutiara figs and chocolate from Chocolate Concierge.”
Alongside concoctions of fruit and honey, the new menu also introduces a series of cocktails aged in clay pots. The drinks are aged between 7 and 12 days in locally-made unglazed pottery, recreating an ancient Asian practice that goes back 8,000 years. As Ashish explains, “Because clay pots are porous, they create a very unique ageing environment. Clay breathes faster than oak barrels and interacts more with the liquid, imparting a wonderfully earthy flavour to the cocktail.”
“Life Cycle of a Fruit” is available at Bar Trigona starting 30 June 2020. All venues at Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur will be implementing enhanced health and safety protocols, including socially-distant seating.
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