Gin Is In While A Chinese & Mexican Influence Creates A Creative Cocktail
That melting pot of society is also evident in the city’s bars and nightclubs. Here is a look at how it mixes into the hottest cocktails and drink trends. You will likely be quite surprised at what is trending in Asia’s World City.
It is being driven a young set of drinkers who dare to be different.
“The younger generation has wider exposure, and their palate is actually quite sophisticated,” said Lorenzo Antinori, beverage ambassador of Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong.
The Caprice Martini at Caprice Bar
Gin is in in Hong Kong. And bartenders are creating gin drinks utilizing regional flavors and local ingredients. But also with an international twist. That is what you will find with the Caprice Martini at the Four Seasons’ Caprice Bar.
“We’ve paid tribute to the Jura region in France, using a nutty yellow wine, combined with French artisanal gin,” Lorenzo said. “Highly recommended as an aperitif!,” he exclaimed.
La Chinesca And La Paloma de Oaxaca At COA
Believe it or not, one of the most popular cocktails in Hong Kong is one with a Mexican influence.
“People want to be surprised by the drinks, said Jay Khan, co-founder and beverage director of Mexican-inspired cocktail bar COA. “We use interesting regional ingredients that tell a story,” he says.
La Chinesca, fusing Chinese and Mexican ingredients, is one of COA’s most popular drinks.
“It’s named after a neighborhood in Mexico, which historically had the largest Chinese population,” Khan said. “It has sesame oil and ginger, both widely used ingredients in Cantonese cuisine. And then there are Mexican ingredients like cilantro, jalapeño, tajín, and tomato and capsicum water.
“It reminds you of Cantonese cuisine, while bringing to you Mexican influences.”
Another popular drink at COA is the The La Paloma de Oaxaca. Kahn said it’s his favorite drink at the bar. It contains grapefruit peels soaked in sugar to make grapefruit syrup.
“It’s refreshing and packs a ton of grapefruit flavor,” Kahn said. “It’s truly for every occasion.”
Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival
These cocktails are among the food and drinks featured during the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival, being live streamed thru Dec. 15.