To the moon and back at Selene Cocktail Bar
True paradise on earth for couples in love, the brand new Amavi is the flagship of Kanika Hotel & Resort’s innovative Made for Two brand. An eco-hotel where togetherness comes first, love-birds can revel in 5-star luxury while gazing out across the deep blue of the outdoor sapphire infinity pool, blending seamlessly with the endless horizon, palm trees reaching to touch the clear skies and sea waves gently lapping against Cyprus’ fine golden west coast sands.
Well-aware that sun kissed days of Mediterranean bliss would not be complete without breezy al fresco evenings with the most delectable cocktails in hand, the sheer sophistication of Amavi’s Selene Cocktail Bar ensures a taste of heaven while sparks fly under a canopy of twinkling stars.
Commanding impressive sea views, it’s the perfect spot to take in the soothing sights and sounds of the Mediterranean, with the name of the bar aptly rooted in Greek mythology and the Goddess of the Moon. Let this mysterious, mercurial goddess, trap you in an everlasting moment of bliss as you slip into the perfect evening of taste togetherness with the elegant bar and menu inspired by classic favourites and modern mixology. Only premium local ingredients find their way into the Selene Bar drinks, which include an international wine list as well as a variety of rums and spirits.
But it’s the signature cocktails that are the real stars of the show, exemplifying the Amavi spirit of innovation, determined to please the discerning taste buds of even the most dedicated cocktail connoisseur. The list of signature cocktails has been created by local bartending legend and international award-winning Bartending Instructor and Consultant, Costas Nicolaides. “It took months of hard work to create each cocktail; our aim is to take customers to the moon and back,” he lets on. I brought my knowledge from some of the best bars in the world together, from New York to China, to create these drinks.”
Igniting passion with every sip
With ten dreamy signature cocktails to choose from, each concoction has been created with the discerning Amavi guest in mind, heightening the senses while drawing on myths and legends of the surrounding area and the natural world of the Mediterranean region and beyond.
The ‘Cocktails for 2’ are perfect for sharing; ‘The Sixth Sense’ ignites all five senses with vodka infused with pear, shaken with fresh apple and passion fruit, aromatic Tonka blossom, almond syrup and fresh Grapefruit. ‘Blood Moon’, on the other hand, is made to eclipse the senses and create perfect harmony, served in a volcano cup on fire, with a blend of rums infused with roasted sesame, mixed with blood orange liqueur, almond, orange and pineapple juice.
Behind the Selene bar, the bartenders keep busy in their very own kitchen. “We make our own diffusions, we dehydrate, we have endless pots and pans where we make our syrup and much more” enthuses Nicolaides.
And how would any passionate night be complete without a tribute to Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Beauty, who is said to have risen from waters by Aphrodite’s Rock, just a few miles from the Amavi, while bathing in the area at the famous ‘Baths of Aphrodite’. The namesake Amavi signature cocktail invites all guests to take in the beauty of the surrounds as the sun sets over the sea, in honour of this gorgeous deity. Served in a sea shell, you’ll be sipping on a Havana Club Selection de Maestro, shaken with homemade lemon grass syrup, rose peppercorns, a dash of lychee and guava juice.
The list of impressive cocktails goes on, whether you wish to light up your night with ‘Electric Daisy’, mesmerise your senses with ‘The Elixir of Selene’, or watch your drink change colour as the sun sets with ‘Eyes of Medusa’ – the choice, is yours!
“What’s for sure, is that you will ignite all the senses: each cocktail has a history, each cocktail is a pure experience,” affirms Nicolaides. And once cocktails are firmly hand? Let the mind drift into an otherworldly dimension as professional performers provide soft and dreamy live musical entertainment to rouse the senses and soothe the soul.
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