The legend himself, Charles Schumann

Famed bartender Charles Schumann made a whirlwind trip to Singapore to celebrate the launch of the Hommage collection, which he co-designed with Zwiesel 1872 to fete the 140th anniversary of the premium crystal glass barware. Charmed by his stay at the evocative Fullerton Hotel Singapore, the bar legend created a special cocktail to be served in an Hommage glass for the hotel’s Post Bar.

Schumann’s Singapore creation, The Beacon

Designed to be served in a glass from the distinctive Hommage collection that he designed with Zwiesel 1872, The Beacon is a deliciously complex, citrusey mix of Tanqueray gin, maraschino cherry syrup, fresh squeezed lemon juice and a dash of sugar syrup.

The arrival of Charles Schumann was the perfect occasion for a little friendly sparring between local mixologists, who came together to showcase their skills in a Cocktail Challenge “mix-off”, where the bartenders’ talent and creativity were put to the test as they concocted original cocktail recipes of their own in front of the bar icon himself.

Left to right: Mr Kiver Yong (Raffles Courtyard), Mr Jason Li (Post Bar), Ms Rosanna Torres (Martini Bar at Mezza9), Mr Charles Schumann, Mr Leo Chue (28 Hong Kong Street), Mr Zachary de Git (Tippling Club)

Each bar was allowed to submit up to three entries, and the drink had to be designed to be served in an Hommage glass. To add an Asian twist to the challenge, at least one entry had to include tea as one of the main ingredients.

Schumann himself was the judge, selecting a favourite creation from each of the participating bars, which included Tippling Club, 28 Hong Kong Street, Raffles Courtyard from Raffles Hotel, Post Bar from The Fullerton Hotel Singapore and Martini Bar at Mezza9 from the Grand Hyatt.

If you’re at any of those posh joints, you may ask for one of Schumann’s favourite five cocktails at the respective bars. These cocktails will of course be served in one of the mixologist’s beautifully designed Hommage glasses.

Meanwhile, cocktail connoisseurs can sample Schumann’s magical mixing skills by ordering one of his Beacons at the Post Bar at The Fullerton Hotel. However, in a twist designed to highlight the ephemeral exclusivity of this one-off creation, this cocktail will only be available on the menu for just four months, from January to April 30, 2013.

Zwiesel 1872

Fullerton Hotel Singapore