Food Picks: CNY feast for one, snacks galore and a gin tree

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Does gin grow on trees? On especially trying days, I wish it did.

Brass Lion Distillery, a home-grown maker of gin, has made my fantasy come true. It offers The Gin Tree Experience ($68) at its tasting room from Thursdays to Saturdays, 4 to 6pm, and it is perfect for cocktail hour.

The set, good for two, comes with two cocktails and four types of small bites – served on metal stands made for the brand by metalsmiths Bare Metal Co using upcycled materials.

Brass Lion plans to offer this through the year and will change the cocktails and bites periodically.

On the evening I am there, the cocktail is Santa Clausmopolitan, made with its Singapore Dry Gin, cranberry and lemon juices and soda and is scented with rosemary. It is not too fiercely alcoholic and a cool way to wind down on the unseasonably hot days at the moment.

Among the bites, Gin Cured Tuna Cone is the one I like best. The fish is mixed with the brand’s Singapore Dry Gin vinaigrette and fresh aromatics – orange supremes, fennel and radish.

Its Pahit Gin goes into Foie Gras Lollipop. The sweet chocolate coating makes this a salty sweet snack and the popping candy is a lovely surprise on the tongue.

I wish the brand would bottle the Brass Lion Hot Sauce that comes with Kueh Pie Tee, filled with chicken, braised kale and turnip. It is a zingy sauce, so compelling even for a chilli coward like me.

The Pahit Tiramisu would benefit from more gin. Much more. Go big or go home, I say.

Where: Brass Lion Distillery, 40 Alexandra Terrace
Open: 4 to 10.30pm (Tuesdays to Fridays), 1 to 10.30pm (Saturdays), 1 to 7pm (Sundays); closed on Mondays, and Feb 1 and 2
Info: To make reservations, go to this website

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