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Unique Spirits

Vodka, whisky, tequila, gin, rum, and saké are the spirits people are familiar with—they are most used for cocktail mixing and many signature cocktails have been created around them. But only a few, on the other hand, have heard about Balinese Arak of which the small island is one of the oldest and largest producers in all of Indonesia.

In Bali, Arak is not only drunk privately or at social gatherings but also offered during ceremonies—for example as the required offering for Butha Kala (Evil Spirit). The spirits used are commonly called tetabuhan and Arak, Brem, or Tuak can be used as such. The Balinese believe that by offering tetabuhan along with five-coloured-rice (segehan), Butha Kala will not interfere with humans and cause them to do negative things.

During your visit—or if you are on the island already—you might want to try some of the spirits listed below. But remember to make sure that you buy the labeled products only like the ones we offer in our retail wine shop, do not take any unnecessary chances.

  • Tuak
    Tuak or Balinese sweet wine is an undistilled form of Arak and usually made from sap/nira that is tapped from sugar palm. Most people enjoy plain Tuak at room temperature to warm and refresh the body. The alcohol content of Tuak is quite similar to wine, around 8% to 10%.
  • Brem
    Balinese Brem is produced by fermenting half-cooked black rice. The half-cooked black rice is fermented for about a week and then pressed, resulting in liquid. Balinese Brem is best served chilled. It has a bit higher alcohol content (about 12%).
  • Arak
    Arak is probably the best-liked spirit by the Balinese—it tastes good and can be drunk straight or mixed with other natural ingredients such as honey. Distilled from rice or palm flowers, good Arak can have up to 50% alcohol content.

Are you feeling tempted? Then just visit the DIVINE wine and cocktail bar and sample various Arak-Based cocktails that our bar team has crafted to perfection. You can also discover what foods go well with Arak. And if you want to try your hand at home, just ask the team for the recipe. Cheers!

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Golden Snow Cocktail Recipe

The Golden Snow is one of Putra’s unique cocktail creations, combining liquors with unexpected ingredients such as tea. Prepare your utensils and get ready to introduce the delightful Cocktail Wednesdays atmosphere into your own home.

Ingredients

  • 45 ml Earl Grey tea-infused gin
  • 10 ml Aperol
  • 10 ml peach syrup
  • 10 ml lemongrass juice
  • 15 ml lime juice
  • Dry sparkling wine
  • 1 slice of dehydrated orange wheel (optional)
  • 1 edible flower of your choice (optional)

Method

  • Prepare your shaker and pour in all ingredients except the dry sparkling wine
  • Shake briskly until the mixture is foamy
  • Pour the mixture into a chilled champagne coupe
  • Top it up with dry sparkling wine
  • Garnish with a dehydrated orange wheel and edible flower

Cheers!

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Perfecting your Cheese Aïoli

Aïoli is a strongly flavoured garlic mayonnaise from the Provence region of southern France. It is a favourite accompaniment for fish, meat, and vegetables. Our version of Aïoli is made from three types of French cheese and homemade paprika purée. Our Head Chef Pak Wayan shares his recipe for Cheese Aïoli.

The first step is to prepare the paprika purée.

The ingredients are:

  • 250g red paprika
  • 50g onion (sliced)
  • 5g garlic (finely chopped)
  • 15g butter
  • 1g thyme
  • 15g paprika powder
  • 400g vegetable stock

Method

  • Roast the red paprika in a 200-degree Celsius oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Take the red paprika out of the oven and place it in a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  • Peel the paprika skin and remove the core, seeds, and burnt parts then dice it roughly. Set it aside.
  • Heat the saucepan and add butter, garlic, onion. Let it heat up until it becomes fragrant.
  • Add diced paprika and sauté for 5 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add paprika powder, thyme and vegetable stock. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Blend the mixture until smooth, then strain. Let it cool and use as needed or store it in a 1-5 degree Celsius chiller for up to five days.

Here comes the exciting part, the ingredients to make our Cheese Aïoli:

  • 1,500ml cooking cream
  • 160g of your favourite French cheese(s)
  • 250g paprika purée
  • 20g salt

Method

  • Boil the cream on medium heat, and when it starts to get warm, add all the cheese and whisk until thoroughly mixed.
  • Add paprika purée, whisk until thoroughly mixed.
  • Once it comes to the boil, take it off the heat.
  • Add the salt and mix again.
  • Let it cool and use as needed or store it in a 1-5 degree Celsius chiller for up to five days.

This Aïoli is best paired with all types of pasta. You could add more vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower or peas for more flavor and texture. Our special Aïoli can be tasted in our signature Salmon Tagliatelle and Green Vegetable Pasta.

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bridges’ Rosella Passion Mojito Recipe

There is a whole lot of shaking and stirring going on at our two bars. Next to preparing classics from our long list of cocktails the bartenders are busy creating new tempting mixes for cocktail lovers. This has not gone unnoticed; our Cocktail Wednesdays have become very popular. Did you know that you can take the recipes for each week’s themed cocktails home with you and try your hand at mixing? Why not start right now, here is the recipe for Rosella Passion Mojito, a lovely refreshing drink. Our bartenders say cheers!

Ingredients

  • 60 ml passion fruit infused-rum
  • 20 ml lemon juice
  • 30 ml rosella syrup
  • 1 passion fruit
  • 12 mint leaves
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • soda water

Method

  • In a mixing cup, coarsely muddle half of the passion fruit seeds. Be careful if you use glass, it might break easily.
  • Squeeze the mint leaves using palm of your hands and put into the mixing cup.
  • Add passion fruit infused-rum, lemon juice, rosella syrup and ice cubes into the mixing cup, shake well and strain into a chilled rock glass filled with ice cubes.
  • Top up with soda water, finish with crushed ice, and garnish with the remaining passion fruit seeds, sprig of mint and fresh rosella flower.

Cheers!

Unique Spirits
Golden Snow Cocktail Recipe
Perfecting your Cheese Aïoli
bridges’ Rosella Passion Mojito Recipe