Cocktail fever

hr-artesian-pineapples-high-resIt’s time to party! msafiri tracked down three of the finest cocktail bars on our network

1 Artesian, London
Artesian is at the forefront of the sophisticated London bar scene, and its creative menu takes bar food and drinks out of the ordinary and into the gourmet. When designing cocktail menus, concept comes first for Artesian and techniques are borrowed from the top kitchens in the world. A favourite cocktail is the Chameleon Crystals, which uses an ultra-sonic homogeniser to infuse ingredients in a matter of seconds.
FLY KQ: DAILY TO LONDON
1C PORTLAND PLACE, REGENT STREET, LONDON; TEL: +44 (0)207 636 0838;
WWW.ARTESIAN-BAR.CO.UK

2 Zuma, Dubai
If you’re in the mood for exquisite Japanese food and a cocktail experience that blends Japanese-influenced style served with a healthy dose of theatre and fun, then enter Zuma, Dubai. With a ringside view from the standing section of the bar’s mixing areas there’s a lot to watch, from the ice block being carved with deft precision to the showmanship of the bartender who presides over the dedicated Martini station.
FLY KQ: DAILY TO DUBAI
GATE VILLAGE 06, DIFC, DUBAI; TEL: +971 (0)4 425 5660; WWW.ZUMARESTAURANT.COM

3 Candelaria, Paris
Hidden behind an unmarked door in Paris is a dimly lit bar serving some of the city’s best cocktails. Its regularly changing menu highlights house creations, while its Reserve Menu offers dozens of old-school options and modern-day classics. Candelaria first made news with the introduction of Toby Cecchini’s Guepe Verte, which became a Candelaria classic and continues to inspire bartenders across the city to create their own versions of this cool cucumber drink.
FLY KQ: DAILY TO PARIS
52 RUE DE SAINTONGE, PARIS; TEL: +33 (0)1 42 74 41 28; WWW.CANDELARIAPARIS.COM

Did you know?
Dawa, the classic Kenyan cocktail (a blend of vodka, lime and honey), gets its name from the Swahili word meaning medicine.

Mixology queen

Yvonne Wairimu is Kenya’s celebrated mixology queen. She started off as a waitress and is now blazing a trail for other women in a rather non-traditional field. Our chat starts unusually at the bathroom as we bump into each other, both putting on our make-up for the interview.

Q You’re always in sneakers and jeans.
You know I’m a tomboy, and my colleague Melissa always tells me to at least put on some make-up, especially for interviews!
Q We laugh and I ask her what she’ll be making for us.
Just a few cocktails here and there (she meant A LOT). And some shooters.
Q What’s the difference between a mixologist and a bartender?
We create our own drinks with original ingredients, whereas a cocktail bartender follows an already set recipe.
Q Her first cocktail is the Chivas Smash; mainly made of strawberries and whisky.
This is a light way of introducing women to whisky, because most find it to be a little too hard.
Q A Jamie Ginger, Pom Colada and Martell Sour later, and all her cocktails are my favourite!
Then come the shooters. A shooter is like a small cocktail, normally served in a shot glass and layered with syrup.
Q Do the late hours scare you?
It’s become a part of my lifestyle. I can’t sleep before 4am! But I absolutely love my job.
Q How about the occasional overindulger?
It is part of the job, I’m used to it.