London has been a highlight on the World Baijiu Day map since the very beginning and 2019 is no exception as Demon, Wise & Partners (DWP) is partnering with importer Cheng International. Four cocktails made with Fenjiu baijiu from Shanxi province, and fenjiu-infused chocolates made in London, will be on offer August 9.
“The plan is to have a number of fenjiu cocktails created by the talented mixologists at Demon, Wise & Partners,” says Cheng International’s Gian Marco Guerra. The cocktails use either the classic Qinghua 10 baijiu or bamboo leaf baijiu , the latter working “very well in refreshing summery drinks.
As for foods, customers can try the Fenjiu-based chocolates that William Curley made for Harrods department store.
Here’s a look at the drinks.
The Grass Wall (草墙) includes Chu Yeh Ching Chiew, a fenjiu made with bamboo leaf and other ingredients. Partnered here with Pedro Ximenez sherry and rose cordial, it becomes amber.
The Red Dragon (红龙) is even deeper in colour, befitting its name. This recipe has bamboo fenjiu and sweet vermouth, Maraschino liqueur and vanilla bitters.
Mogui (魔鬼) uses a more traditional baijiu style, the Fenjiu 10. It’s the base for a refreshing concoction with crème de cassis, lime and ginger beer.
And finally, a new leaf for an old classic. The Pink Mojito (粉红色的莫吉托) uses Fenjiu 10, Martini Rosato, mint, lime and peach bitters.
Guerra says there will be some extra excitement as a Chinese TV crew will be on hand for the party.
Paul Mathew, co-owner of three London Bars, has been involved in World Baijiu Day since the first year. Events include cocktails and tasters at The Hide Bar in 2015 and at both The Hide and DWP in 2016. In 2017, guest bartender Yao Lu made cocktails at DWP, while two cocktails recipes–one with HKB and one with Taizi baijiu from New Zealand–took the spotlight in 2018. You can learn more about Mathew’s baijiu experience here.