Cocktails: Moon River
By Douglas Habecker
Translated by Ann Lee
532, YingCai (YingTsai) Rd, 29F (Hotel ONE)
Hours: 6 pm-1 am (open to 2 am Fri/Sat)
Credit cards accepted. 10% service charge.
As most Taichung nightlife fans already know, one of the city's coolest lounge bars is located on the 29th floor of Hotel ONE. Lounge ONE offers relaxing chic, high-end ambiance, great service and a full range of drinks every night. If that wasn't enough, there are 6-9 p.m. Happy Hours every weekday with buy-one-get-one-free deals on beer, cocktails and well drinks, plus a NT$400 free-flow Heineken deal from 6 p.m. daily. DJs are also on hand 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Friendly Lounge ONE Supervisor Fan Hsu is the best-known personality behind the bar, engaging customers with her Aussie-accented English. This month, Fan introduces Moon River, a cocktail invited by Assistant Manager Patrick Kao. This easy-to-make, attractively-hued cocktail has a light, sweet and slightly tart flavor that is especially popular with (but not limited to) the ladies, says Fan, emphasizing that it's also a hit with champagne lovers. She added that Lounge ONE uses only the best--Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin champagne--for this drink.
2 oz Grapefruit juice
3 oz Champagne
0.5 oz Blue Curacao
Coat the rim of a champagne flute in Blue Curacao (twirling the flute in another glass filled with about 5 centimeters of Blue Curacao works well) and sprinkle the coated area thoroughly with sugar. Pour in the grapefruit juice, followed by the champagne. Then slowly add the Blue Curacao, allowing it to settle at the bottom of the drink for a nice layered-color effect. You can first taste the drink this way, before stirring the liquors together. The sweetness from the sugar-rimmed glass provides a nice contrast to the slightly-tart juice and champagne flavors.