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Baijiu Cocktails

Baijiu CocktailsCocktails recipes using Baijiu

As a rule, it is best to drink expensive Baijiu straight, to savour its complex flavour. For it has a full-bodied, rich flavour. That deserves to be experienced on its own.

On the other hand, Baijiu mix’s in with cocktails very well. as tropical fruit and botanical notes enhance most cocktails and the more pungent Baijiu go well with spices.

Temperature: Tradition dictates that Baijiu be served at room temperature or even warm. This is contradiction to the Western tradition of serving alcohol chilled, in Western tradition, serving alcohol at room temperature would be considered out of order.

Decant: Baijiu should be served from a small ceramic bottle. It should be poured into small cups or glasses — not shot glasses, but special thimble sized glasses.

Toasting: Clinking the glasses together and toasting is a necessary part of the serving process.

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Baijiu Styles

Baijiu is classified under four major styles based on aroma.

Rice Aroma Baijiu is usually distilled from glutinous rice and is often compared to sake, but as a distilled spirit it is much stronger. It has light flowery notes, is sweeter with a mellow rice flavour and a hint of smoke which make it light and smooth on the palate.

Light Aroma Baijiu is usually distilled from sorghum and fermented in ceramic jars. It has a mild and sweet flavour hence the term “light”.

Strong Aroma Baijiu is made from more than one type of grain and is fermented in earthen pits, which results in pungent aromas, sweet overripe fruit flavours and fiery tastes. This is the most popular in China.

 Sauce Aroma Baijiu is usually fermented from different grains in underground pits and undergoes multiple distillations. It has a pungent aroma, full-bodied flavours reminiscent to soy sauce, mushrooms and blue cheese.

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Baijiu Taste

To the novice, Baijiu is an acquired taste, a strong spirit with musky flavours ranging from sweet and over ripe fruit, to berries, coffee, soy sauce. The spirit is usually colorless and clear, but sometimes it can have a yellow tinge.

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How to Drink Baijiu

Baijiu it traditionally served neat, at room temperature or warm in tiny thimble sized glasses Or small tasting cups, mostly served as an accompaniment with food. Baijiu is served to seal business deals as well as celebratory occasions where it is enjoyed in the company of others and it is considered impolite to refuse it when offered.

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How to use Baijiu in Cocktails

Baijiu can sometimes be difficult to use in cocktails with its strong flavours. But by careful choice, this can be overcome. Most citrus flavours go well, also strong flavours like bitters and spices. I will start with a few easy mixers. Then get a little more adventurous as we go, but first, the equipment needed for a home cocktail bar.

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Baijiu Cocktail Tools

Basic list of equipment you need for a decent home cocktail bar.

  • Shaker, Bar Spoon, Muddler, Citrus Zester, Fruit Press.
  • Mesh Tea Strainer, Knife, Bottle Opener, Ice bucket and Scoop,
  • Cork Screw, Spirit Measure, Pour Spouts, Funnel, Tin Opener.
  • Drinks

Assorted liqueurs, vermouths and bitters. Non-alcoholic syrups, assorted fruit juices. Fresh limes, oranges and lemons. Salt and pepper. Sugar and sugar cubes and of course ice. The list may seem long, but you will acquire them over time. To begin with, there will be substitutes in your kitchen that you will be able to use.

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Baijiu CocktailsBaijiu Syrups

To make simple sugar syrup. In a medium saucepan combine 2 cups sugar and 1 cup of water. Bring to the boil, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool. Store in the fridge for up to 1 month.

To make a Szechuan Pepper tincture, infuse cracked Szechuan Pepper in a high proof neutral spirit or vodka in a glass jar for 2-3 days. When the flavour is to your liking, strain using a mesh tea strainer and store the liquid in a small bottle.

To make a five-spice syrup, combine 1 tablespoon five spice powder, 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Stir over high heat until the sugar has dissolved; bring to a boil. Remove from heat immediately and let steep for one hour. Strain and pour the cooled syrup into a suitable bottle.

To make a ginger syrup 1/4 pound ginger, peeled and sliced

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

In a small saucepan bring ginger, sugar and water to a boil, simmer over low heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Simmer gently for 25 to 30 minutes. Let stand for a further 30minutes, strain through strainer, bottle and keep in fridge.

I have shown how to make four easy syrups, but you are only hindered by your imagination

Any herb, spice or fruit can be used. Cardamom, clove, cinnamon, strawberry’s, peaches etc. The list goes on. Just remember a couple of basics. 1- 2 cups of water to, 1-2 cups sugar. Depending on how thick you wish to make your syrup. Then the addition of any thing at hand, just be careful of the amount when starting out. As some botanicals are more potent than others.

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Baijiu Glasses

Although there are many types of glasses for you to acquire, here are a couple that will serve you well.

A cocktail glass traditionally holds from three to six ounces of liquid. A martini glass is slightly different, but most people would not know one from the other.

Although the terms cocktail glass, and martini glass, are often used in the same context, the cocktail glass is slightly smaller and more rounded. In comparison with the martini’s conical shape, which has a shorter stem, and a narrower rim.

Most Martini recipes in all cocktail guides, call for about three to four ounces of liquid, diluted by a bit ice and served with a garnish.

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Baijiu Cocktails

Baijiu Cocktails

Baijiu Cocktail: The Almond Badger | Baijiu Cocktail: The Raspberry Dog | Baijiu Cocktail: The Cinnamon Pig | Baijiu Cocktail: The Emerald Rat | Baijiu Cocktail: The Apricot Ox | Baijiu Cocktail: The Blue Tiger | Baijiu Cocktail: The Turquoise Rabbit | Baijiu Cocktail: The Carnelian Dragon | Baijiu Cocktail: The Magenta Snake | Baijiu Cocktail: The Blackcurrant Horse | Baijiu Cocktail: The Tangerine Sheep | Baijiu Cocktail: The Crimson Monkey | Baijiu Cocktail: The Indigo Rooster | Baijiu Cocktail: The Scarlet Phoenix | Baijiu Cocktail: The Sapphire Rhino | Baijiu Cocktail: The Golden Panda | Baijiu Cocktail: The Mahogany Lion | Baijiu Cocktail: The Aubergine Hawk | Baijiu Cocktail: The Blond Peacock | Baijiu Cocktail: The Capucine Raven | Baijiu Cocktail: The Celadon Wolf | Baijiu Cocktail: The Terracotta Grasshopper | Baijiu Cocktail: The Pink Butterfly | Baijiu Cocktail: The Yellow Unicorn | Baijiu Cocktail: The Copper Bat | Baijiu Cocktail: The Lime Cicada | Baijiu Cocktail: The Chocolate Elephant | Baijiu Cocktail: The Black Carp

Almond Badger

1oz Baijiu
1oz gin
1/4oz almond syrup
1/4oz ginger syrup
Top with coconut water
Garnish with sliver of fresh coconut

Raspberry Dog

1-1\2 oz of raspberry juice
1-1/2 oz of Baijiu
Top with lemonade.
Garnish with a fresh raspberry

Cinnamon Pig

1/2oz of cinnamon syrup
1-1/2 oz of Baijiu
Top with coconut water.
Garnish with lemon slice

Emerald Rat

1 oz of green mint syrup
1 oz of Baijiu
Top with soda water
Garnish slice kiwi fruit

Apricot Ox

1oz of Apricot syrup
1oz of Baijiu
2oz of triple sec
Garnish with slice apricot

Blue Tiger

 1-1/2 oz Baijiu
1/2 oz blue Curacao syrup
Top up with soda water
2 to 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
Garnish with lemon

Turquoise Rabbit

1 sprig of mint
1-1/2 oz Baijiu
1oz blue curacao syrup
1oz green mint syrup
Top with soda water
Garnish with mint sprig.

Carnelian Dragon

1oz rice wine
1oz Baijiu
3/4 oz fresh orange juice
3/4 oz raspberry juice
1/2 oz sugar syrup
Garnish with mango.

Magenta Snake

1-1/2-ounce Baijiu
1ounce tomato juice
1/4-ounce blueberry syrup
top with ginger beer
Garnish with slice fresh strawberry

Blackcurrant Horse

1-1/2 shot Baijiu
1/2 oz of Cointreau
Juice of half a lemon
1oz blackcurrant syrup
Top with cream soda
Garnish with grated chocolate

Tangerine Sheep

1-1/2oz Baijiu
1/2 oz tangerine juice
1/2 of grenadine
Top with orangeade
Garnish with twist of tangerine peel

Crimson Monkey

1oz Baijiu
1/2 oz peach schnapps
1oz strawberry syrup
Top with melon juice
Garnish with fresh whole strawberry

Indigo Rooster

1 oz Baijiu
1/2 oz melon liqueur
1/2 oz peach schnapps
1oz blueberry syrup
Top with tonic water
Garnish with cherry

Scarlet Phoenix

 1-1/2 oz Baijiu
1/2 oz red rose syrup
1/2 oz amaretto
Top with lemonade
Garnish with slice dragon fruit

Sapphire Rhino

1-1/2 oz Baijiu
1/2 oz Malibu
1/2oz blue curacao
1/2 oz pineapple juice
Garnish with blueberries

Golden Panda

1-1/2 oz Baijiu
2oz ginger ale
Pinch of saffron
Top with mango juice
Garnish with slice mango

Mahogany Lion

 1 slice fresh ginger
1 oz Baijiu
1oz date syrup
1/2 oz Chinese five-spice syrup
Top with soda water
Garnish with date

Aubergine Hawk

 2oz Baijiu
1oz bilberry syrup
1oz limeade
2 drops Szechuan pepper tincture
Garnish with lime wedge

Blond Peacock 

1-1/2oz Baijiu
1/2oz sweet vermouth
1/2 oz melon syrup
Top with ginger ale
Garnish with melon wedge

Capucine Raven

1oz Baijiu
1oz gin
1oz orange juice
Top with tonic water
Garnish with orange peel

Celadon Wolf

1-1/2 oz Baijiu
2oz cold green tea
1/4oz lemon juice
Drop in a sugar cube
Garnish with olive

Terracotta Grasshopper 

1oz Baijiu
1oz tequila
1/2 oz coffee syrup
1-1/2 oz lemonade
Garnish with lime slice

Pink Butterfly 

1oz Baijiu
1/2oz vodka
1/4oz evaporated milk
1/4oz condensed milk
1/4oz strawberry syrup
Top with coconut water
Garnish with slice of strawberry

Yellow Unicorn 

1oz Baijiu
1/20z St Germain
1/2oz banana syrup
Pinch turmeric
Top with lemonade
Garnish with mint leaves and slice lemon

Copper Bat 

2oz Baijiu
1oz cranberry juice
1/.2oz apricot syrup
Top with ginger beer
Garnish with slice ginger

Lime Cicada 

1oz Baijiu
1oz Benedictine
1/2 oz lime juice
1/2oz lemon juice
Top with soda water
Garnish with slice lemon and lime

Chocolate Elephant 

2oz Baijiu
1oz chocolate syrup
Top with lemonade
Garnish with shaved chocolate

Black Carp

1oz Baijiu
1oz red wine
1oz blackberry syrup
Top with coke
Garnish with fresh blackberry

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The Baijiu Song

 Time now to relax and savour your drink, be happy and enjoy the company of friends.

In keeping with the tradition of Li Bai, I have emptied the bottle, with the help of my friend. As we shared the night in reverie.

Good Baijiu 

The party’s over
The evening’s done
It’s slipped away
With the morning sun

You’ve got to leave
So, it’s goodbye Joe
But we’ll drink a toast
Before you go

Ganbei, ganbei
Let me hear you say
It’s been a good Baijiu
To send you on your way

Good luck to you
Good luck to me
We’ll spin the bottle
And there we’ll see

It’s a good Baijiu
A good buy, Joe
So, we’ll say goodbye
With a toast you know

Ganbei, ganbei
Let’s hear you say
It’s been a good Baijiu
To send you on your way

I’ll walk you down
To the garden gate
And I’ll give to you
A bottle old mate.

Wherever you go
Just think of me
And the toast we made
Ganbei, ganbei

Ganbei, ganbei
Let’s hear you say
It’s been a good baijiu
To send you on your way

(© A. I. Graham)

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