Director of Bars Arkadiusz Rybak, Beverage Manager Simone Rossi and the award –winning team of mixologist partner with renowned international artists to create cocktails inspired by the moon’s phases.
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<<2nd July, 2021 – Hong Kong>> On 12th July, DarkSide at Rosewood Hong Kong, the sophisticated sultry jazz and cocktail parlour that was recently ranked #40 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2021 list, introduces a new cocktail menu inspired by the eight phases of the moon and their mystical powers. As part of its commitment to local innovation, DarkSide partnered with international talents including Australian ceramic artist Ryan Foote of R L Foote Design Studio and Polish abstract resin artist Magdalena Klim — to design the unique vessel for each cocktail and its representative moon phase. Adding to the deliciously ethereal experience, guests will bear witness to the first cocktail menu presented via a high-tech hologram video, including an interactive segment that provides indecisive guests the chance to shake a Moon Magic Ball to reveal a moon phase representing one of the moon cocktail tha is “meant” for them.
The Moon Menu – Cocktails Inspired by the Eight Phases of the Moon
During each lunar cycle, according to astrology, yoga practice and ancient philosophies, the moon’s different phases influence human emotions and behaviour. DarkSide’s new menu is inspired by this belief. Each cocktail corresponds to a different phase of the moon and the intensity of the drink is determined by its brightness or darkness. As the moon becomes brighter, the drink becomes lighter, and likewise as the moon gets darker, the drink gets stronger.
“NEW MOON – New Beginning”
The first phase of the moon cycle is New Moon, invisible to those on earth, when it is believed to be a time for new beginnings and setting intentions for the month ahead. The corresponding cocktail is a stirred drink with a base of Johnnie Walker Black Label and Fernet Hunter, with aromatic notes provided by Japanese hinoki wood. The blend is approachable yet complex on the palate with the addition of Cantine Intorica Banana Aromatic Marsala Wine and is served in an elegant coupette glass with a single ice ball.
“WAXING CRESCENT – Fresh Energy”
The Waxing Crescent phase is the moon’s first step towards fullness, consistent with a build-up of personal energy. The matching stirred cocktail is based loosely on an Old Fashioned with a Remy Martin VSOP cognac base. Nuttiness from tonka beans interacts with the complexity of Graham’s Fine Ruby Port wine and Bourgoin Pineau des Charentes. The aromatic cocktail is served in a teacup with a block of ice and spritzes of myrrh mist
The First Quarter – Momentum
The First Quarter is the phase where the entire right side of the moon is illuminated. This is believed to be the perfect time for people to revel in what they’ve been working on. “Momentum” is a shaken drink with fruity notes and hints of acidity from raspberries and herbal notes provided by fig leaves and distilled whisky. The drink is served in a pony glass and garnished with rice paper.
The Waxing Gibbous – Patience
The Waxing Gibbous phase follows the First Quarter, just one small step away from the moon’s full power. This is when to persevere and be patient. The corresponding cocktail is a refreshing and tropical stirred Grey Goose vodka and Tio Pepe sherry libation, with exotic notes from coconut and pandan vinegar, balanced with sweet and fruity lychee. Taro provides a soft undertone of flavour, while a drop of sandalwood creates a complex aroma. Garnished with a single pandan leaf, the drink is served in a rocks glass over a block of ice that symbolises the Milky Way galaxy.
Full Moon – Gratitude
During the Full Moon, the orb is at full power; this is the occasion to be grateful and add extra strength to intentions. “Gratitude” has a base of Star of Bombay gin with a clarified milk punch and a touch of nuttiness and acidity from sour cherry wine. The drink is served in a ceramic cup designed by Ryan Foote to symbolise the rough and ridged texture of the moon’s surface.
Waning Gibbous – Giving
Waning Gibbous marks the winding down of the moon’s power, with a shadow on the right-hand side of the sphere. The related cocktail is a fizzy and refreshing take on a whisky highball. Created with Michter’s Bourbon and Mancino Bianco Vermouth, the cocktail exudes delicate herbal notes from Rosewood’s signature blend tea of passionfruit and cherry blossom, with a hint of acidity from strawberry gum. The drink is served in a ceramic rock-textured highball mug whose design was inspired by the form of a meteorite.
Last Quarter – Transition
The third quarter moon, or the Last Quarter, is illuminated on the left-hand side. The moon is now back to half-power and this is supposedly the ideal period to let go of any negativity. The complementary “Transition” is a creamy shaken cocktail with ruby chocolate cordial. Aromatic and floral notes are derived from the shea butter calvados and a touch of London Essence soda water opens up the complex flavours. The drink is served over ice in a ceramic textured moon cup with a straw.
Waning Crescent – Intuition
The power of the moon is nearly at its end, with just a small left-hand crescent visible in the sky, known as Waning Crescent. The cocktail that is linked is a stirred drink, earthy and herbaceous from beetroot and pipiroka with just a hint of acidity from vinegar. Gentle coffee notes from Mr Black coffee liqueur blend with the aroma of coffee water spray, added on top of the cocktail that is served in a coupette glass with an ice ball. The presentation of the cocktail is in deep red colour with gold and silver edible glitter garnish that reflects the galaxy’s mesmerising sparkle.
The Moon Menu Artists
Australian artist Ryan Foote, whose design studio in Melbourne is focused on delivering unique and contemporary ceramic tableware and drinkware, teamed up with DarkSide to create a series of porcelain vessels that convey the dark side of the moon while also tantalising the visual, tactile and taste sensations of the cocktails. He fashioned three special cups for The Moon Menu experience — one inspired by moon craters, one by the actual moon and one by the universe’s meteorites.
Polish Resin artist Magdalena was tasked with the enormous challenge of creating the illusion of an entire galaxy within each drinking glass. Her work fuses art, nature and the science of chemistry to create multidimensional art pieces. For DarkSide’s Moon Menu, Magdalena created a milky way effect in each glass by layering resin with sparkling glitters, mysterious ghost pigments and handmade crystals. The brilliant combination of mixed media in each glass adds a new and as yet unseen dimension to the cocktail-drinking experience.
The Moon Menu will be exclusively available at DarkSide at Rosewood Hong Kong from 12 July with all cocktails from the menu priced at HKD180 plus 10% service charge.
DarkSide is a sophisticated, timeless celebration of rare aged spirits, vintage cigars and confident classic cocktails complemented by sultry live jazz. The dark spirits selection spans back to the early 19th century and includes exclusive casks of single harvest tawny port from 1994 and Grande Champagne cognac aged in oak, as well as an extensive library of choice rum, whisky and calvados. The concise cocktail list pays homage to Kowloon’s “Dark Side” moniker and focuses on time-honoured traditions updated with innovative techniques.
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Soaring over Victoria Harbour, Rosewood Hong Kong is a new centre of gravity on the Kowloon waterfront — the crown jewel of the Victoria Dockside arts and design district. On passing the gate and traversing the cobblestoned drive, the urban din falls away, revealing lush topiary and a serene forecourt that commands the harbour. A warm welcome heralds a stay of unparalleled comfort and distinctive hospitality at the Hong Kong luxury hotel.