While baijiu is a common Chinese New Year tipple here in China, nine bars* in London also recently caught the spirit with a ten-day holiday promotion. That event was called Baijiu Cocktail Week, ran from February 13 to February 22, and was sponsored by Diageo brand Shui Jing Fang.
Cocktails include China-evoking names like Dragon Claw, Longan Baijiu Firecracker and — given the current New Year animal – Lucky Goat, and used an intriguing range of ingredients, including agave nectar, plum wine, rosemary, ginger bitters and egg white.
“…the various bars did show how different aspects of the complex spirit can be highlighted with the right ingredients. Bo Drake showed us a palatable way for newbies to enjoy the entire spectrum of the spirit’s complexity. Ping Pong presented a soft, silky cocktail emphasising Baijiu’s sweeter flavours; whereas the Spice Market had the burnt-bitter flavour balanced and softened with its citrus and herbal cousins.”
See the full review here.
* The nine places were Bo Drake, Casino, Gong, Hakkasan, Hutong, Opium, Ping Pong, Salvatore’s and Spice Market.