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Atlas Launches ‘Preservation of Fire’ – New Drinking Menu Championing Contemporary Cocktail Techniques

Atlas Launches ‘Preservation of Fire’ – New Drinking Menu Championing Contemporary Cocktail Techniques

FoodieS Team
14 March 2024


ATLAS ignites the passion for the art of bartending with the launch of its new cocktail menu, ‘Preservation of Fire’.


Conceived by Head Bartender Lidiyanah ‘Yana’ K and the skilled ATLAS team, this menu pays homage to the rich history of cocktail-making techniques and enduring traditions that have fuelled generations of bartenders. Guests are invited to embark on a captivating journey through time, in which influences and discoveries spanning centuries are celebrated across a menu of exquisite cocktails that showcase the evolving technical craft of bartending.

“Preservation of Fire’ is actually a quote from the Austrian composer, Mahler, in which he talks about how tradition is a force that can ignite innovation,” says ATLAS Head Bartender Yana. “This menu is our love letter to the history of bartending; we can’t wait to narrate this story for our guests through a collection of cocktails that takes them on a historical journey that bridges the past with the present.

The drinks are curated on the menu across four chapters, each representing a technique used in bartending: Carbonation, Temperature, Washing, and Infusion. Four cocktails, each offering a classic style – Martini, Champagne Cocktail, Sour, and Old Fashioned – appear in each chapter, inviting drinks lovers to merge the quintessential with the modern. Each drink is listed alongside its ABV (Alcohol By Volume) to allow mindful drinking, and a fifth non-alcoholic cocktail concludes each chapter.

The Carbonation chapter opens with a gin cocktail, Priestley’s Company (28.7%, S$28), named after Joseph Priestley, who invented carbonated water in 1776. The Jubilee Royale (18.8%, S$26) combines gin, rum, rose-infused rosso vermouth, and raspberry liqueur before an effervescent splash of champagne.

Showcasing the transformative power of Temperature, the next chapter brings Silver Bullet (19.8%, S$25 / $120 decanter, serves five), a lighter take on the storied Vesper Martini, made famous by James Bond, combining vodka and gin with the floral complexities of rose verjus and ylang ylang water; a frozen grape provides garnish, flavor, and chill to the drink. Lombardi’s (15.7%, $25) will transport guests to the historic pizzeria in Little Italy from which it was named, bringing savory culinary notes of capsicum, sweetcorn, lime, and chile combined with pisco, shaken with rosemary and served with a torched basil mozzarella garnish.

Washing journeys back to the 17th Century origins of the milk punch, an indulgent technique of ‘washing’ spirits with dairy or fats. This process enriches the spirit with flavor before filtration and clarification returns it to its clear form. Electric Club (34%, S$26) is a butter-washed bourbon Old Fashioned with layers of complexity, utilizing the nutty essence of Frangelico liqueur alongside chocolate bitters, sherry, and the botanical Amaro Nonino. Enfleurage (15.3%, $27), named after a delicate technique for extracting delicate floral scents for perfume, is a sour style cocktail combining butter washed gin with sherry, citrus and geranium, shaken with aer to provide texture.

The final chapter covers the ancient technique of Infusion, in which bartenders steep botanicals, herbs, and spices in a liquid to extract vibrant flavors. The non-alcoholic Age of Discovery (N/A, S$18) utilizes Seedlip Spice with raspberry-infused Italian soda and passionfruit vanilla syrup. On the spirited side, The Debutante (7.5%, S$25) makes a glamorous entrance by utilizing the cutting-edge technique of sous pression, infusing cherries into gin, Oloroso sherry, and champagne.

Vivid illustrations by Adrian Pack, draw their inspiration from spirits advertisement posters through history and invite guests to take an irreverent journey through the fascinating and vibrant evolution of the drinks that we sip and savor today. The menu continues to feature all the ATLAS favorites, from the ATLAS Martini to the ATLAS French 75, and guests can select their ultimate Gin & Tonic from the unrivaled ATLAS gin collection using an illustrative ‘wheel’ pairing flavor notes with the perfect tonic.

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