ZUMA, celebrating its ninth anniversary in Hong Kong this year, has reinforced its position as an award-winning drinks destination by sweeping two of the top awards in the Asia region. In the first half of 2016, ZUMA’s bar and lounge was named number 39 on the inaugural Asia’s 50 Best Bars List and was awarded Best Bar at the Asian Club & Bar Awards this spring.
ZUMA’s Bar Development Manager Arkadiusz Rybak has also earned multiple awards since joining ZUMA in 2013 including Drinks World Asia’s 2015 top 25 bartenders in Hong Kong and Macau and Foodie Forks’ 2014 Master of Mixology Award. His passion for travel, books, experimentation and cooking has helped him to develop a sophisticated palate for unique ingredients and flavours, which he incorporates into his cocktail list. Arkadiusz ensures that not a single detail is overlooked behind the bar, right down to the 60 ice balls that are hand-carved at ZUMA each and every night.
Arkadiusz’s unique summer-inspired cocktails incorporate the highest-quality ingredients handpicked from around the world. The Shoko Lada, a Japanese twist on the Pina Colada, is made with distilled rum with pandan leaves, homemade white chocolate liqueur, yuzu juice and fresh homemade pineapple puree served in a natural coconut shell from Hawaii. Arkadiusz created the Amazon-inspired “Nekuta” and The Venus Fly Trap after a trip to Brazil where he saw locals drinking water from fly traps. The resulting cocktail, made with coconut rum, clarified Japanese mango and yuzu, is served inside a real fly trap plant.
Classic favourites at ZUMA include the Green Apple Fizz, made with Tanqueray gin, green apples, shiso and prosecco and the Zumanuka, a blend of Manuka honey vodka, basil, pineapple, lime and apple. Cocktail connoisseurs also love the Aged Cocktails, a unique offering in Hong Kong made from barrel-aged drinks from 2013.
To ensure that the vibes at ZUMA are always right, the Hong Kong establishment has tapped the award-winning ZUMA Dubai’s resident DJ and group music director DJ Adrien Callier to create an energetic backdrop of fresh and funky beats.
Later this summer, guests can expect a slew of new offerings including Japanese-inspired cocktails and an innovative selection of specially distilled low ABV martinis, giving guests another reason to see and be seen at the award-winning destination.