What you see isn’t even as close to what you’ll get with this cocktail. This drink was crafted by Mel Chavez, assistant bar manager of Tippling Club for his guest shift during the Bar Awards tour at The Back Room in Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila. The “Three Emperors” includes Ketel One vodka, aromatised wine, Shiraz, peated whisky plum, raspberry cordial, botanicals, with a dash of lemon and orange peel oils. At first glance, this cocktail appears clear and seems flat. But you’d be surprised to find that it actually has a bodied texture coming from the lemon and orange peel’s oils and botanicals. It’s a very pleasant drink, with a subtle flavor of mixed spices that’s a bit sweet and citrusy which reminds us of red fruits, but the sweetness is not overpowering, it also has a long finish that has an oaky and floral aftertaste. Catch Mel Chavez during his bar shifts at the Tippling Club in Singapore to experience his take on cocktails. He’s a fun bartender to chat with because he explains every detail of his drinks, down to his inspiration for each cocktail.