New dreamy cocktails at City of Dreams Manila on


The bar stool felt like someone had shoved it while we were mid-sip on our fifth drink at Crown Towers’ Crystal Lounge late last week. The hotel was holding a one-night only master class with British bartender Sam Jeveons.

In a career spanning 15 years, Jeveons rose from the ranks to become general manager and beverage director at prestigious hotels, members clubs and bars in London and Hong Kong. He founded Old Street Group, Bar & Brand Specialists, and was responsible for the cocktail menu at City of Dreams Manila when it first opened two years ago.

Jeveons returned for a few days last week to revisit and trim down the luxury integrated resort’s drinks list, and present five new cocktails.

One by one, he introduced the drinks that were served in an assortment of crystal glasses—chilled and garnished with sliced citrus or tart berries.

The smooth and fruity Crystal Daiquiri, made with a “secret recipe of rare and tropical rums,” came in a tall glass with a wide brim, the better to peer over.

Blood and Sand was a mixture of Jameson Irish Whisky, Mancino Rosso Vermouth, Cherry Heering and Laphroaig Islay Mist. Floating on top was a slice of blood orange that smelled like Christmas, and was our favorite that evening.

To fortify the spirits of the resort’s casino habitués, Jeveons has come up with Player’s Negroni made with gin, Mancino Rosso and Secco Vermouth, Cherry Heering, Aperol and Campari. A jolt of caffeine came from the two crushed coffee beans that went into each order.


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