How To Make Potato Head’s Red Velvet Cocktail, and Other Simple Spirit and Soda Drinks

For our last installment of our home bar series, we spoke to Noveen Singam, Bartender at Potato Head Singapore. Located in one of the most iconic buildings on Keong Saik Road, each floor of the building holds a different space, with a cosy drinking den on the third floor and an open-air bar on the rooftop.

Noveen has provided us with a few basic cocktail recipes that any beginner would be able to master, along with a couple of tips for those just starting out. He’s also shared a simplified version of 2 signature Potato Head drinks, so you can try to recreate them at home.

2 Signature Potato Head Drinks

Red Velvet

Ingredients: 30ml Vodka, 10ml Lemon Juice, 10ml Yuzu Syrup, 30ml Raspberry Puree, 15ml Peach Liquor

1. Combine all ingredients in a shaking vessel.
2. Add ice and shake.
3. Strain into a glass with ice and serve

Royal Gin & Juice

Ingredients: 30ml Gin, 60ml Pineapple juice, 10ml yuzu syrup, 30ml Prosecco

1. Combine gin, pineapple juice and yuzu syrup in a shaking vessel.
2. Add ice and shake.
3. Strain into a glass
4. Add Prosecco

7 Basic Cocktails

Noveen recommends 7 basic recipes that beginners can easily pick up — a Mojito, Hot Toddy, Old Fashioned, Moscow Mule, Cosmopolitan, Batanga and Tom Collins. These are all cocktails you’ve probably tried before, so why not play around with the ingredients and make them according to your tastes!

MojitoWhite Rum, Sugar Syrup, Lime Juice, Soda
Hot ToddyWhiskey, Honey, Lemon Juice, Hot Water
Old FashionedBourbon Whiskey, Sugar, 2 Drops of Angustura Bitters
Moscow MuleRum, Lime Juice, Sugar, Ginger Beer
CosmopolitanVodka, Triple Sec (Orange Liquor), Cranberry Juice
BatangaTequila, Lime Juice, Coke
Tom CollinsGin, Sugar, Lemon Juice, Soda

For foolproof but impressive drinks, he suggests a basic mixing of spirits and sodas, including the classic Gin and Tonic, Whisky Dry (Whiskey and Ginger Ale), Rum and Coke and Vodka Soda. None of these cocktails require specific measurements — you can make them according to your own preferences and they’ll taste great. You can also adjust them to suit the preference of the person you’re making the drink for — simply add more spirit if it tastes too light, or add more mixer if it doesn’t taste strong enough.

“By doing this, you’ll learn how much volume of spirit and soda you have to pour in a glass to not make the drink too strong or too diluted. I can guarantee it will boost your confidence level and you’ll be ready to master cocktail making. The best drink that I love to recommend Whiskey on the Rocks, which is just Whiskey over 3 cubes of ice.”

Zombie #36 (House 5-Rum blend, Wray and Nephew Overproof Rum, falernum, passion fruit syrup and fresh lime juice)

The Basics

“The basic bar tools that you need as a beginner are a jigger, strainer, sieve, a stirring jug, knives, muddlers and shakers.”

As for spirits, he recommends 5 which are affordable and flavourful, and best for beginners who are just starting to make cocktails.

  • Whiskey: Naked Grouse or Monkey Shoulder
  • Gin: Bombay Sapphire or Gordons
  • Rum: Sailor Jerry
  • Vodka: Ketel One or Stolichnaya
  • Tequila: Milagro Silver

A Few Things To Keep In Mind When Bartending At Home

Don’t add too much

One of the common mistakes is adding too many ingredients, like spirits, juice, ice and garnish. Even using the wrong glassware is totally common for a beginner.

Practice makes perfect

“Practice your bartending skills, such as mixing, measuring, presentation, and most importantly, tasting. Once you’ve mastered these skills, you can show them off and impress your friends.”

For the more adventurous, he also suggests practicing flair bartending, sometimes referred to as extreme bartending. This can include manipulating flaming liquors, juggling and flipping bottles and shakers. Noveen himself is still practicing and learning these tricks.

Bottled Sangria and Gingerly Love ($69 each)

Potato Head Singapore is currently open for delivery, for both food and beverages. Cocktails are available from $18, including the Red Velvet ($22), a sweet, vodka-based cocktail with raspberry puree and fresh lemon juice, and the Royal Gin and Juice ($20), a bubbly, gin-based cocktail with fresh pineapple juice and yuzu syrup. Bottled Sangria ($69) and Gingerly Love ($69) are also available.

Click here to order, and for more information on Potato Head, click here.

Check out our previous installments of the series with Andrew Loudon, Ronan KeilthyEthan Leslie Leong & Gabriel Carlos, Jesse Vida and As’ad Isnin.