A journey to the other side of the world to experience life like a local though food, culture and… old fashioneds.

Part 1: Ho Chi Minh City (Dubbed by myself as: Pho Chi Minh city. Yes, I am white, and I do know it’s pronounced “fha.”)

After 5 Vietnamese street coffees, it’s time to balance out some of the caffeine with alcohol,  but this could be dangerous. When you only have one speed, happy hour can easily lead to an early night…ya know, falling asleep in the back of an Uber in Philly is ehhh somewhat safe, nodding out on the back of a 125cc scooter with 2 other people on it, not so much. Let’s hope those Banh Mi sandwiches hold some of the liquor.

In Ho Chi Minh city,  sky bars seem to be the trend, so here I am at Eon 51 Heli Bar.

Located 51 stories high, Eon 51 slings fancy cocktails that pair perfectly with the best view of the city.

The Drink:

The “French” Old Fashioned: (If you didn’t know, Vietnam has a very strong French influence, don’t believe me? Ask the bread.)

Bourbon Soaked Sugar Cube

Aromatic Bitters

2 oz Cognac 

Topped with a champagne

No ice, no garnish, just served in a champagne flute.

Imagine a French 75 and an Old Fashioned face swapped on Snapchat, this is exactly what you would get.

A perfect twist on an Old Fashioned, that was inspired by a city as unique as the cocktail. Well done Saigon, Well, done.

Up next: Far East pt. 2 – Bourbon in Bangkok.