Handshake Speakeasy

Mexico City

True to name, Handshake Speakeasy’s confidential location is difficult to find, but those who discover the Mexico City lounge are rewarded with a stellar cocktail experience. Hidden in the hip Colonia Juarez neighbourhood, Handshake is a black varnish, marble and brass shrine to the cocktail. While the mid-century interior celebrates the golden age, the menu looks to the future. Bar director Eric van Beek delights in employing molecular mixology to create a liquid dialectic. Van Beek’s synthesis is a drink list that appears classic to the eye, but reveals unexpected, layered flavours to the palate. The Matcha Yuzu resembles a highball, but delivers a perfect balance of whiskey, matcha, yuzu, vanilla and whey upon sipping. The past is additionally represented in a voluminous selection of rare and aged spirits.