LTA Happy Hour: Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Wedang by Oka

Perched on top of a cliff where the valley meets the Ayung River, Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve has debuted a new happy hour experience, Mandapa Arak Sandhikala.

Designed to pay homage to ancient Balinese traditions, Mandapa Arak Sandhikala, meaning “Mandapa Dusk,” brings guests together as a sekeha, or “group,” to enjoy the native Balinese liquor, arak (it’s in the anise drinks family; other popular anise drinks include absinthe, Sambuca, and aquavit). 

Each of the five arak cocktails are infused with local herbs and fruit by one of Mandapa’s five mixologists: Anak Agung Bawa, Gusti Ngurah Putu Oka Wirangga, Nyoman Tri Sucipta, Kade Krisna, and Wayan Rizqi Abimanyu. The cocktails are named after the bartenders who created the libation.

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The specialty drinks include:

  • Bloody Bawa, made with tomato, sambal, lemon, and lemongrass-chili infusion: a spicy Balinese twist on the Bloody Mary.
  • Tris Exotica, which uses rosella, ginger, salak, lemon, and salak-ginger infusion: a dry tropical martini with a “snake fruit” punch added. 
  • Peaceful Abhi – spinach, cucumber, mint, cucumber-citrus infusion: a “green detox in a glass with a bit of cheating.”

Magic of Krishna 

However, we find the most appealing drinks to be the Wedang by Oka and Magic of Krishna.

Wedang by Oka

  • 4 cl. Arak infused with Bali coffee and vanilla
  • 1 cl. Frangelico
  • 1 bsp chocolate Monin syrup

Method: Combine all ingredients, shake, and strain into glass
Garnish: Top with coconut foam and chocolate truffle

Magic of Krishna 

  • 4 cl. Arak infused with Earl Grey, vanilla, and grapefruit
  • 2 cl. lemon juice
  • 3 cl. tonic water
  • 2 cl. sugar syrup
  • dash of ginger flower, turmeric, salt

Method: Combine all ingredients in a shaker, roll, and train into a glass with ice

Mandapa Arak Sandhikala is offered from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. daily at the resort’s lounge, The Library.

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