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Cocktails by Scent

March 27, 2015

A new bar in Hong Kong has formed a rather aromatic partnership with British perfumery Penhaligon's. The result? Expertly mixed drinks tailored to your favorite fragrances. By Helen Dalley.

Published on Mar 27, 2015


Hong Kong cocktail bar Highline has formed an aromatic partnership with British perfumery Penhaligon's, where snifters are shaken for customers based on their olfactory preferences. Inspired by the spirit of the elevated public park in Manhattan from which the bar takes its name, the approach is simple: follow your nose to a fragrance and the mixologists will whip up a corresponding cocktail. If you're the dashing gentlemanly sort, ask for a Bayolea, which takes its aromatic cues from Penhaligon's first grooming range for men with notes of black pepper, musk and sandalwood. More of a delicate flower? Raise your pinkie and sip your Juniper Sling—made with crushed juniper berries and the rosemary-infused Gin Mare—from the daintiest of china teacups.

Juniper Sling, Highline
Juniper Sling in a teacup.

It's a wonder no one else in Asia thought of it sooner, though Fragrances, in the Ritz-Carlton Berlin, narrowly beat them to the parfumerie punch. Highline has also teamed up with G.H. Mumm to curate four champagne cocktails based on the aromatic elements of tea leaves, fresh herbs and dried flowers including L'été en Provence, which features notes of French lavender and Earl Grey.

If boutique spirits like New Zealand's Broken Shed vodka leave you feeling peckish, grab a bite from Street Meat, a New York-style snack bar located at the same address. Order the ramen burger, a surprisingly tasty meme-turned-guilty-pleasure stuffed with Wagyu bulgogi and kimchi. 50 Wyndham St., Central;


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