Baijiu is by far the largest spirit category in the world – 13 times larger than vodka, to give some context – yet this storied Chinese spirit is barely known in the U.S. BaijiuAmerica is out to change that, in large part with HKB Baijiu, which was created for daring mixology.
The bartenders at Red Farm (2170 Broadway, New York, NY 10024) have taken this to heart, listing the Marco Polo on their menu as one of their favorite Baijiu cocktails:
By Shawn Chen, Red Farm, NYC
- 25 ounces Dassai Nigori Sake
- .75 ounce HKB Baijiu
- 1 piece cherry tomato
- 3 to 4 leaves Italian basil
- .75 ounce fresh lemon
- .5 ounce tomato water
- .5 ounce cane syrup
- .30 rice vinegar
> Muddle 1 piece cherry tomato and basil, add all ingredients into mixing tin.
> Shake and double strain over ice.
> Garnish with a skewer of 1 basil leaf and 1/4 piece of a cherry tomato.
By Orson Salicetti, Lumos bar, NYC
- 3/4 ounce of HKB
- 3/4 ounce of a mix lime / lemon juice ( 50% lime juice + 50% lemon juice)
- 3/4 ounce of elderflower liquor (Pur Liquor or St Germain)
- 1 ounce Bombay Sapphire East
- 1/4 ounce of Agave syrup
- 6 green grape seedless
- Drop of Hibiscus Elixir ( infuse for a couple of days Hibiscus flowers in 50% HKB and 50% water and agave syrup to your own taste).
> Muddle the grapes in a glass.
> Add all the ingredients in the glass.
> Mix all the ingredients with the muddled grapes and add crushed ice. ( no need to shake)
> Add few drop of Hibiscus Elixir on the top
> And décor with a grape.
THE HIDDEN DRAGON
By Kris Baljak, Restaurant Clement, NYC
> In an N2O-charged ISI canister, combine 1 oz lemon juice, 6 dashes lemon oleo-saccharum, 3 egg whites, and 1 oz simple syrup.
> In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 ¼ oz HKB, ¾ oz Jade 1901 Absinthe Supérieur, ½ oz Midori, ¾ oz lemon juice, and 6 dashes lemon oleo-saccharum. Shake.
> Lay the ISI foam foundation on the bottom of a cocktail glass about 1 ½ inches deep.
> Slowly pour the contents of the shaker down the side of the glass so the liquid lies under the foam foundation.
> Garnish with viola flowers.
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