Words: Kirsten Durward Photos: Monica Tindall
Resident guests at the Amangalla, Galle Fort can be treated to divine sunset views over the red tiled rooftops each evening during cocktail hour. From 5:30pm onwards the sky changes tones with remarkable speed while a range of signature cocktails, classic beverages and wines by the glass are served by white robed butlers. External patrons are welcome to partake of the same bounty on the shady verandah at the front of the Amangalla property.
Monica and I have become quite fond of Arrack, the local Sri Lankan Lanka, which goes so well with lime and other tropical flavours. At Amangalla, one of the signature cocktails is our favourite Arrack Sour (Rs 1500).
I decide to ring the changes and taste something new to me, a very 20’s sounding Mint Julep. This bourbon based drink with fresh mint and plenty of ice and lime hits the spot as the sun starts to fade.
Our preferred drink of the evening and recommended to all is the signature Amangalla G&T (Rs1500). Thinly sliced cucumber infuses so well with the aromatic Hendricks gin and the fresh mint gives an additional freshness to this drink that we are both happy to savour.
Amangalla offers several wines by the glass to accompany dinner or for simple sipping. We manage to sample a few as the sun dwindles in the sky, streaking pink, and orange behind the clouds before settling down in a mellow glow that echoed our mood at the end of this glorious day.
Who can resist a glass of sparkling as the sun goes down? Not us, that is for sure! Brut Prosecco by Cantina Sacchetto Veneto (Rs 1400) is a delightful fruity fizz with strong apple and grapefruit flavours and a dry refreshing finish.
This pale Rose is overshadowed by the sun in the sky but nonetheless it makes pleasant drinking. Gris Blanc by Gerard Bertrand IGP Pays D’Oc 2013 (Rs1700) is a crystal clear grenaceh with fresh mineral notes that pairs well with seafood.
For white we try a glass of the Gruner Veltliner by Domaine Gobelsberg Kamptal 2013(Rs1700). I don’t know much about Austrian wine but based on this sampling I would happily try more. Sporting crisp fruit flavours with overtones of green apples and a light minerality, it is certainly easy sipping.
Our red is a surprising Pinot Noir by Wishbone Marlborogh NZ 2013 (Rs 2000), which sports ripe cherry flavours and slight violet notes, we think this has a little more character than your average pinot noir and we’re exceedingly happy with the choice.
Reasons to visit: Charming historical property; excellent service; signature cocktails; wine by the glass.