Chinese New Year 2021: 5 Cocktails And Spirits To Toast The Year Of The Ox With
One of the great aspects of living in Hong Kong are the two new years we celebrate, and both absolutely require the alcohol to be flowing for toasts all around. Though drinking traditions have been disrupted continuing into 2021, the bar and spirits industry has found workarounds to entice drinkers as we toast the Year of the Ox. From Chinese New Year-themed gins to festive interpretations of classic cocktails, here's what should be in your glass this season.
Dragonfly's CNY Herbal Cocktails
Best known for its stunning ceiling of upturned Tiffany glass lamps, Tai Kwun cocktail bar Dragonfly also spared no effort with its trio of Chinese New Year-themed bottled cocktails. Housed in 500ml glazed ceramic jars, the lineup comprises the Longevity (ginseng-infused gin, Suze and goji berries), Prosperity (dried mandarin peel, whiskey, vermouth and bitters), and Wellness (pomegranate macerated with dry gin, sweet vermouth and bitters). The cocktails can be bought on their own for HK$448 each, or as part of the Complete Abundance gift set (HK$1,288), which includes all three cocktails, five HK$100 dining vouchers for any S&S Hospitality restaurant, homemade cookies, and special lai see packets. Place your order online here.
COA's Fortune Manhattan
Leave it to the beloved tequila and mezcal-focused Coa to filter the atmosphere of Chinese New Year into a delicious, Mexican-inspired rendition of a classic. The special edition Fortune Manhattan subs out the traditional rye whiskey and sweet vermouth of the Manhattan for fresh tangerine, mezcal, Calvados, Punt e Mes, Ancho Chile, cacao and Luxardo Maraschino liqueur for a luxuriant, spice-tinged drink. Available at the bar or online, the Fortune Manhattan comes in a 500ml bottle for eight servings for HK$688 each.
Fok Hing Gin's Five Blessings Gin
The cheekily named Fok Hing Gin has distilled a Lunar New Year edition of its classic London dry for any Martinis or Negronis you might be drinking over the holiday. Mandarin leads the palate in a nod to the fruit's auspicious symbolism, while warm peppery notes add to a long finish. With only 250 bottles made for this run, snap one up online for HK$588.
Young Master Brewery x Yan Chim Kee CNY Beers
A prolific experimenter with new styles of beer, Young Master Brewery has stayed true to form with its latest collaboration with heritage coconut candy specialists Yan Chim Kee. The Coconut Pandan Pale Ale channels the tropical notes of sweet coconut and creamy pandan, while the Coconut Peanut Stout draws inspiration from Yan Chim Kee's coconut peanut candy to achieve a heady mix of peanut, cacao, and coffee notes. Both beers are available as part of the 'Ye Ye Yeah' CNY gift set along with a pack of Yan Chim Kee coconut candy. Find out more online here.
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The Poet's CNY Gift Set
From behind its unmarked cerulean facade on Staunton Street, The Poet has been stirring up a Chinese New Year gift set that covers everything you need for a celebratory cocktail party. The set includes three bottled cocktails: the New Start (scotch Whisky, umeshu, sherry, green tea cordial), Prove Them Wrong (raisin-infused rum, mezcal, PX sherry), and the Neo Fashioned (honey-infused gin, kumquat, smoked water, peppermint bitters). These come bundled with vouchers for two complimentary drinks at The Poet, house-made almond dark chocolate, earl grey cookies, an engraved Nachtmann crystal tumbler, and a waterproof Tyvek shopping bag. Place your order while supplies last by shooting a message to The Poet via Instagram.
The Poet, G/F, 13 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong
N.I.P. Distilling's 800M Gin
Local gin distiller N.I.P. adds another special release to its lineup in a festive collaboration with the three-Michelin-starred T'ang Court at The Langham. Inspired by 2002 film Fat Choy Spirit, the "800M" special edition gin combines eight local botanicals—including mandarin, tie guan yin tea, lily, lotus seeds, black dates, ginger, gold flakes and juniper berries—and is limited to just 888 bottles. Pre-order yours today for HK$818 at the N.I.P. online store, or with T'ang Court's Chinese New Year poon choi online here.
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