Adam Ong and Michael Chen at Golden Monkey, which has served Asian-inspired cocktails for nearly a decade in Melbourne, were among the first to join the World Baijiu Day mission. And the team at this establishment plans to draw on not just one, but two, tipples associated with China.
“We have been working a lot with Chinese teas over the past twelve months,” says Lee Linford of Golden Monkey. “Specifically, we’ve been cold brewing teas for various amounts of time and allowing for a very different–less tannic–extraction of flavour.”
These concoctions range from the mild Pai Mu Tan (‘White Peony’) tea associated with Fujian to the ‘Gunpowder Green’ of Zhejiang to dragon fruit and goji berry tisanes.
“We will incorporate our teas into a drink using baijiu,” explains Linford. “We will essentially blend various Chinese teas, citrus, rice malt syrup and baijiu to create a baijiu iced tea.”
There you have it imbibers of Melbourne. Chill out with a baijiu iced tea at the Golden Monkey on August 8.
Golden Monkey is at Rear 389 Lonsdale Street. Contact details are 9602-2055 / info (at)goldenmonkey.com.au. The venue’s hours for August 8 are 7 PM to 2 AM.