For creative baijiu cocktails in China, go south by southeast to Shenzhen this World Baijiu Day.
The Baijiu Sour at Compass Bar is a riff on a classic, with jasmine-infused HKB baijiu, homemade jasmine syrup, lemon and apple (¥89), while The Far East Side, also created with HKB, uses fresh ginger, mint, pineapple, lemon and demerara syrup (¥89).
The strong-aroma style Wuliangye stars in the Baijiu Mary, a riff on the Bloody Mary, with twists such as apple vinegar and Bittermens Hellfire Bitters (¥189).
And for those seeking something special, Mashing Those Bills features 30-year-old Moutai plus grapefruit, lemon, homemade cinnamon syrup and egg whites, though it doesn’t come cheap. It’s priced at a whopping ¥1889 or USD275.
Meanwhile, Compass Cafe will also have a handful of baijiu drinks, all priced at ¥89, including that baijiu sour and a bai-groni, with Mancino Rosso vermouth, Campari, sloe gin and grapefruit bitters.
The Materia Medica. looks intriguing, and potent, given its blend of HKB, Yellow Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino, Ardberg single malt whisky and lemon.
“We make our own ice, bitters, syrups and infusions and we don’t use any juice or extract that we don’t make ourselves,” stated the bar for last year’s WBD. You can also check out those drinks here, including the Fire Cracker, Baijiu Bang and Gogo Berry.
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World Baijiu Day is held each August 9. See our 2018 event list here. The 2019 list is coming soon. Follow World Baijiu Day on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Get in touch with Jim Boyce via spirit (at) worldbaijiuday.com.