Cocktails in the Country: Hong Kong Express by Yi Chen, Berlyn Restaurant, Brooklyn, NY
Hong Kong Express
Yi Chen, Berlyn Restaurant, Brooklyn, NY
“This cocktail has eight ingredients, as the number 8 is an auspicious number in Chinese culture. Each has a purpose—the absinthe and lychee and honey complement the fruity depth of the Baijiu. The Old Tom adds maltiness. The orange bitters add a fruit-spice bitterness, and the smokiness of the flamed twist improves the nose and adds a second layer of fruit.”
.25 oz (7.5 ml) Lucid Absinthe Supérieure, as rinse
.75 oz (22.5 ml) HKB Hong Kong Baijiu
.25 oz (7.5 ml) Ransom Old Tom Gin
.75 oz (22.5 ml) The American Juice Company’s Lady Lychee
.5 oz (15 ml) honey syrup
.5 oz (15 ml) fresh lemon juice
1 dash Regan’s Orange Bitters No. 6
1 flamed orange twist
Coat the inside of a chilled coupe with absinthe; discard.
Shake over ice, and strain into the glass. Discard the twist after flaming.