Well, this is a first! Nicolas Constantin put South America on the World Baijiu Day map with some tasty cocktails at Asian fusion restaurant 430 in Buenos Aires in 2017.
Constantin has since moved to Spain and is now organizing the very first WBD event in that nation, at Mixology + Puerto Banús, near the city of Marbella.
That’s some impressive double duty.
“The idea this year is to feature one of my signature baijiu cocktails,” says Constantin. “Most likely I’ll go for something like the Long Island Iced Tea, Pisco Punch or a kind of Zombie with baijiu touches.”
In fact, Constantin has since narrowed it down to two tasty options.
The first is called Sun Wukong (孙悟空) and includes light aroma baijiu Kao Liang Chiew, lime juice and lychee, pineapple and Amarena cherry syrups. This one, served in a golden cup, is garnished with edible flowers.
The second is called Mediterranean Fist (地中海拳). It features another light aroma baijiu, Hong Xing (Red Star), along with Pierre Ferrand Cogna, the aperitif Italicus rosolio, blood orange syrup and chamomile rooibos. And a dash of violet syrup and cardamom bitters, and this is a cocktail you are unlikely to find anywhere else!
Puerto Banús is a marina and resort area close to Marbella in southern Spain, on the Costa del Sol fronting the Mediterranean. Constantin, who has been in the hospitality trade for two decades and has a keen interest in Asian spirits, is now helming the bar at Mixology there. Check out more about the bar here.
Founded in 2015, World Baijiu Day is held each August 9, with events in over 60 cities so far. Follow WBD on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And get in touch via spirit (at) worldbaijiuday.com.
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