New concoctions in the Aperitivo cocktail anthology collection

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Ubud’s Aperitif Bar introduces a number of innovative new cocktails in its Cocktail Anthology Collection, inspired by key figures in Ubud’s history in the 1930s.

THE Anthology of cocktails first launched in 2022, when chief mixologist, Panji Wisrawan, was prompted to create a drinks menu that celebrated notable figures, artists and academics from Bali’s bygone era. These included the likes of Margaret Mead, Colin McPhee and Miguel Covarrubias. The new addition to the Cocktail Anthology menu offers five new creations, namely: The Artist, The Dancer, The Philanthropist, The Prince and The Tramp.

Cocktail Anthology: The newest drinks list

The artist

Inspiration: Rudolph Bonnet
Cocktail character: nutty and creamy

“The Artist” was inspired by Dutch artist Rudolf Bonnet who was instrumental in promoting and preserving Balinese culture through dance, music and ceremonies when he was invited live to Ubud by Cokorda Gde Raka Sukawati in 1929.

ingredients: Jura 12 YO, pistachio, tonka bean, lemon and egg white.

The dancer

Inspiration: Beryl DeZoete
Cocktail character: Floral and sweetened

“The Dancer” was inspired by the English dancer, dance critic and dance researcher, Beryl De Zoete. She frequents Bali, she was a pioneer in the field of dance. She worked with Walter Spies to create the seminal work “Dance and Drama in Bali,” which to this day is the definitive reference for traditional Balinese dance and theater forms.

ingredients: Tamarillo Roku Gin, Selaka Ning, Wash Chamomile, Raspberry, Asam, Cekala and Albumin.

The philanthropist

Inspiration:Barbara Hutton
Cocktail character: herbaceous and nectar

American heiress Barbara Hutton was the inspiration for ‘The Philanthropist’. Known for her extravagant lifestyle, she moved to Bali in the 1930s. Fascinated by the island’s arts and culture, she became a patron of Balinese dance.

ingredients: Haku Vodka, Cocchi Americano, Soursop Whey, Lychee, and Markut Lime.


Inspiration: Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati
Cocktail font: Robust and earthy

“The Prince” was inspired by the then king of Ubud, Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati, who was an integral part of preserving and promoting Balinese culture and arts. In 1927, he befriended the Moscow-born German artist, Walter Spies, and together with I Gusti Nyoman Lempad and Rudolf Bonnet, created Pita Maha, an artists’ cooperative that promoted local artists and preserved Balinese culture.

ingredients: Courvoisier VSOP, PX Sherry, Scartato Banana Campari, Pino De Bali and Mesoyi Wormwood Smoke.

The Tramp

Inspiration: Charlie Chaplin
Cocktail font: Fruity & Delicate

Legendary actor, Charlie Chaplin, celebrated for his comedic character of Tramp and classic silent film masterpieces, was the inspiration behind ‘The Tramp’. Inspired by the spiritualism and natural beauty of Bali, he moved to the island in the 1930’s and found solace in the serenity of the island, where he explored the spiritual side of himself.

ingredients: Plantation Dark, Cynar, Black Rice Wine, Coconut, Pandan, Jackfruit and Makrut Lime Leave.

Innovative, deliciously balanced and crafted with premium spirits, the thrill of ApĂ©retif’s Cocktail Anthology is found not only in the taste but also in its ability to take drinkers on a nostalgic journey through Bali’s colorful history.

Aperitif restaurant and bar
Jl. Lanyahan, Banjar Nagi, Ubud, Gianyar Regency
+62 361 908 2777

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