A nine day cocktail festival is set to bring more Chinese festivities to London this month, where aficionados can celebrate the Year of the Monkey
Baijiu Cocktail Week is launching on Friday (February 5th) for the third year to celebrate the Chinese New Year .
What should you say when drinking it?
To appreciate the baijiu you are drinking, it is necessary to consider the colour, aroma and taste –these three senses will determine the ‘type’.
A good baijiu should be bright, shiny and clear with no suspended particles and it is best served at room temperature in small tasting cups.
A celebratory toast takes place, 'Yum Sing' (Cantonese) or 'Gan Bai' (Mandarin) meaning 'cheers' before shooting or sipping baijiu.
It is traditional to drink baijiu with food rather than on its own.
Where can I go to celebrate Cocktail Week?
As well as longstanding bars hosting once again, such as Bo Drake, Hutong at The Shard, Opium, and Ping Pong Dim Sum , there will also be celebrations at 68 & Boston, China Tang at The Dorchester, Demon, Wise & Partners, The Hide, plus Nam Long which is believed to be the first UK-based restaurant to specialise in the strong-flavoured rice and grain-based drink.
Asian inspired cocktails will be served at these bars and restaurants using Shui Jing Fang baijiu.