Hilton Malaysia Commemorates 50 Years of the Iconic Jungle Bird Cocktail

Hilton Malaysia Commemorates 50 Years of the Iconic Jungle Bird Cocktail

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Published on August 10, 2023

In a spirited celebration, Hilton Properties across Malaysia are raising their glasses to honour the 50th anniversary of the renowned Jungle Bird cocktail. This iconic concoction, born at Hilton Kuala Lumpur half a century ago, has captured the hearts and palates of cocktail enthusiasts globally. To mark this milestone, Hilton and DoubleTree by Hilton outlets across Malaysia are launching the "Sip, Soar and Celebrate" campaign. Throughout the entire month, patrons will have the pleasure of savouring the Jungle Bird cocktail, a testament to the enduring legacy of this vibrant creation.

The Jungle Bird cocktail's roots trace back to the early 1970s, when Jeffrey Ong Swee Teik, the beverage manager at Hilton Kuala Lumpur's Aviary Bar, masterminded its creation. Inspired by the lush ambience, exotic surroundings, and vibrant birdlife visible from the bar's windows, Ong set out to craft a cocktail that embodied the essence of the jungle while offering a delightful experience for patrons.

While the Jungle Bird found favour among hotel guests and locals in Kuala Lumpur, its true ascent came through the pages of 'The New America Bartender's Guide,' authored by John J. Poister in the late 1980s. The Jungle Bird cocktail was spotlighted as a featured recipe in the guide, catapulting its popularity to a broader audience. The global bartending community embraced the Jungle Bird, incorporating it into their menus and cementing its status as a modern classic.

Linda Pecoraro, General Manager at Hilton Kuala Lumpur, extolled the cocktail's journey, stating, "The Jungle Bird's journey from its creation at Hilton Kuala Lumpur to its status as a globally recognized cocktail is a testament to the power of inspired craftsmanship and the ability of a drink to capture the imagination. Its blend of flavours, combined with its unique bird-shaped presentation, has made it an icon in the world of mixology. We are thrilled to celebrate this milestone with the 50th-anniversary special edition box that comes with an elegant bird-shaped glass as well as the Jungle Bird cocktail served at Aviary Bar."

In addition to honouring the original Jungle Bird, the participating hotels are adding their creative twists, resulting in captivating variations that pay homage to Malaysian culture. These variations range from mocktail renditions to infusing the cocktail with local ingredients such as rice wine and pandan, providing an authentic reflection of the region's diverse flavours.

Indulge in the Jungle Bird cocktail at these participating outlets:

Aviary Bar, Hilton Kuala Lumpur (+603 2264 2264)

The Club Bar & Lounge and The Rooftop Bar & Grill, Hilton Kota Kinabalu (+6088 356 000)

Caffe Cino, Hilton Petaling Jaya (+603 7955 9122)

Cellar Door, DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur (+603 2172 7272)

Tosca, DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru (+607 268 6868)

Axis Lounge, DoubleTree by Hilton Damai Laut Resort (+60 5684 3333)

THE KOFFEE & Makan Kitchen, DoubleTree by Hilton Putrajaya Lakeside Resort (+603 8890 0000)

The Garden Grille, Hilton Garden Inn Puchong (+603 8084 1299)

For a deeper dive into the intriguing history of the Jungle Bird cocktail at Hilton Kuala Lumpur, explore eatdrinkhilton.com/jungle-bird-cocktail/.

Haldiram’s Nagpur Expands Its Culinary Delights to Malleshwaram, Bengaluru

Haldiram’s Nagpur Expands Its Culinary Delights to Malleshwaram, Bengaluru

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 18, 2024

Haldiram’s Nagpur, a household name synonymous with delectable Indian cuisine, has recently inaugurated its latest restaurant and sweets outlet in the vibrant neighborhood of Malleshwaram, Bengaluru. Nestled within the Gokul Complex, this new establishment offers an enticing culinary experience for travelers, commuters, and food enthusiasts alike.

The grand opening on April 12th marked the debut of Haldiram’s 14th outlet in Bengaluru, showcasing the brand’s continued growth and commitment to delighting customers across India. Boasting an extensive menu, the restaurant invites patrons to indulge in a plethora of offerings, ranging from popular snacks like Aloo Bhujia and Kaju Mixture to authentic Indian delicacies such as Gulab Jamun, Rasmalai, and Raj Kachori. To commemorate the occasion, Haldiram’s is also extending a special breakfast offer, providing a 50% discount on South Indian dishes from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM until April 30, 2024, exclusively at the Malleshwaram outlet.


Neeraj Agrawal, Director of Haldiram’s Foods International Pvt Ltd, expressed enthusiasm about the new venture. Agrawal said, “We are excited to announce­ that Haldiram's has opened its 14th outlet in Bengaluru, in the he­art of Malleshwaram. This latest addition underscores our unwavering commitment to delivering delectable sweets and authentic Indian cuisine. We eagerly anticipate welcoming our guests and offering them a memorable dining experience, complete with unparalleled food quality and service excellence.” 

Renowned for its unwavering focus on quality and taste, Haldiram’s continues to innovate while honoring tradition, ensuring that each dining experience is memorable and satisfying. The launch of its latest restaurant in Malleshwaram underscores the brand’s dedication to providing food enthusiasts with an array of authentic flavors and exceptional hospitality.


About Haldiram’s:

With a rich legacy spanning over eight decades, Haldiram’s has established itself as a leading name in the Indian culinary landscape. Known for its exceptional range of snacks and delectable dishes, the brand is committed to creating memorable dining experiences for its customers. Whether through its restaurants or packaged food products, Haldiram’s remains dedicated to delivering quality and taste that truly delights.

Radico Khaitan Unveils The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum

Radico Khaitan Unveils The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 18, 2024

Radico Khaitan, one of India's largest liquor companies, has launched The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum at the IAADFS Summit of the Americas in Florida, USA. The event, held from April 14th to 17th, 2024, showcases the company's commitment to introducing luxury Indian spirits to the global market.

Crafted with precision and sophistication, The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum embodies the essence of Indian craftsmanship and tradition. Made through small-batch distillation using fresh cane juice harvested during the North Indian winter season, this rum undergoes a unique maturation process. It is aged in American Oak Barrels previously used for Rampur Indian Single Malt, followed by further maturation in Cognac XO and Vermouth casks.

Abhishek Khaitan, Managing Director of Radico Khaitan, expressed excitement about the launch, highlighting the company's dedication to delivering innovative and refined spirits. He sees The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum as a testament to Indian craftsmanship and a symbol of luxury.


Sanjeev Banga, President of International Business at Radico Khaitan, “We are thrilled to announce the grand unveiling of The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum, a true jewel in the crown of the spirits world, at the IAADFS Summit. Crafted with meticulous care and inspired by centuries of tradition, The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum embodies the essence of luxury and refinement akin to world renowned Kohinoor Diamond.”

Kunal Madan, Vice President of International Business at Radico Khaitan, says “As we unveil The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum at the IAADFS Summit, we invite you to join us in celebrating the artistry and ingenuity behind this extraordinary creation. Experience the epitome of Indian luxury with The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum.”

The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum will soon be available in global markets, including the USA, UK, EU, Asia, and Global Travel Retail outlets. Packaged in an exquisite glass bottle reminiscent of the Kohinoor Diamond, this rum exudes opulence and sophistication. With an ABV of 43%, it promises a unique drinking experience for connoisseurs worldwide.

Radico Khaitan's foray into the luxury spirits market reaffirms its position as an industry leader committed to innovation and excellence. As the company expands its global footprint, The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum stands as a shining example of Indian craftsmanship and tradition in the world of spirits.

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Noida's First Metro Coach Restaurant Takes Dining to New Heights

Noida's First Metro Coach Restaurant Takes Dining to New Heights

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 17, 2024

If you're someone who loves exploring themed restaurants and unique flavors, Noida has a delightful surprise for you. Imagine dining inside a metro coach, surrounded by the ambiance of a stationary train. Yes, you read that right! The Noida Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (NMRC) has recently transformed a metro rail coach into a vibrant restaurant, named The Coach, Culinary Express, and Bar, located inside the Noida Sector 137 metro station on the Aqua line.

This innovative initiative aims to offer passengers a quirky fine dining experience within the unique setting of a metro train coach. The restaurant, currently operational on a trial basis, recently had a soft launch. However, the official inauguration is scheduled for April 20, 2024, after which it will be open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 12 AM.


The menu at The Coach is diverse, offering a range of multi-cuisine dishes, including a cocktail menu and child-friendly options. According to reports, their Kashmiri kebabs have already become quite popular among food enthusiasts.

The NMRC's decision to venture into commercial activities within the metro network is not new. In the past, they have successfully established small kiosks at metro stations and leased commercial spaces to private companies for business purposes. This innovative approach aims to enhance passenger experiences and generate additional revenue streams.


The Coach, Culinary Express, and Bar is not just a restaurant; it's a destination offering a unique dining experience. With its quirky ambiance and diverse menu, it's an ideal spot for families, friends, and solo diners alike. Whether you're a food enthusiast or simply looking for something out of the ordinary, The Coach promises an unforgettable dining experience.

So, if you're in Noida and craving a unique culinary adventure, make sure to visit The Coach and indulge in the flavors of a metro train. It's not just a meal; it's an experience!

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