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November 12, 2014updated Dec 20, 2023

Gradini Bar Puts Classic Italian Flavour Into The Cocktail Trend

By Neharika Padala

Gradini Bar is now open at The Pottinger Hong Kong and has just launched its trademark Bellini and Martini menus. Specialising in Italian inspired cocktails and Italian heritage wines, Gradini Bar is a serene hideaway in the heart of Central Hong Kong that has guests lingering.

Home to the most extensive Bellini menu in the city, the signature Bellini Gradini is a must try blend of peaches, champagne and grappa. Cocktail connoisseurs looking for a more playful tipple are enjoying the Halle Berry Bellini, a mix of Prosecco, fresh raspberries and raspberry liqueur.

Italian inspired Martinis are a Gradini Bar favourite and the Alba White Truffle Martini, available for a limited time, is among the highest priced cocktails in Hong Kong at HKD 588. The white truffle infused vodka is served with a ripe olive, and fresh shavings of the rare Alba Italian truffle to create a liquid delicacy.

The Black Truffle Martini will be released in mid-December and is a blend of black truffle infused vodka and grappa, enriched with honey and golden leaves liqueur and is served with an olive stuffed with black truffle. However, cocktail lovers should not go past the signature Gradini Martini for a year-round favourite – a tantalising fusion of vodka, martini bianco scented with grappa, a stuffed olive and angostura bitters.

“White truffle season is one of the most exciting and anticipated times of the year, and Gradini Bar has sourced some of the highest quality white truffles on the market to create a rare martini for the discerning white truffle lover,” says Gradini Bar Manager Paul Kwok.

Gradini Bar also serves a selection of premium Italian wines, including wines from Marchesi Antinori, a heritage Italian vineyard that dates back to 1385 and from Brunelli, located in the historic Valpolicella Classic area of Italy that dates back to 1936 and is known for its ruby red medium bodied wines.

Located within The Pottinger Hong Kong and attached to Gradini Ristorante Italiano, the design of Gradini Bar reflects the importance of the establishment’s location on Pottinger Street, in the historic heart of Hong Kong.

“Gradini Bar introduces a true Italian bar experience to Hong Kong with sophisticated cocktails, martinis and premium Italian wines from the oldest wine producing regions in the world,” says Paul Kwok.

“Gradini Bar’s oriental inspired design symbolises the meeting of East and West, heritage and modernity. It is an intimate and peaceful place to enjoy a cocktail or a pre-dinner drink and take some time out from the fast pace of the surrounding city centre.”

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Like all authentic Italian bars, Gradini bar serves Aperitivo from 6.00pm to 8.00pm weekdays – complimentary light bites of Italian appetisers to stimulate the taste buds for dinner. Afternoon tea is also available, with a range of sweet and savoury Italian delights including a gastronomic meeting of East and West, the Gradini egg waffle with Hong Kong Milk tea gelato.

The centrepiece of the Gradini Bar is a spectacular copper Italian coffee machine, the ‘Victoria Arduino Venus’. A special release, the machine is a limited edition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the prestigious brand and adds to the elegant interior of the establishment.

Opened in June 2014, The Pottinger Hong Kong is fast building a strong reputation for its elegant bar and restaurants.

(Source: The Pottinger Hong Kong)

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