Here’s a delicious cocktail from the Lost Plate baijiu cocktail kit*, the ‘Slice of Baijiu Paradise.’ This is a tropical crowd pleaser: sweet, fruity, but not syrupy. It uses Ming River as a base, but adding coconut, pineapple juice, and a dealer’s-choice splash of secondary spirit.
Our tasting panel said:
“This has a pleasant citrus smell, then a bright pineapple tang.”
“It’s an instant luau vibe, ready for a sandy beach at sunset.”
“Highly drinkable, and it’s a drink that moderates (rather than fights) the undertones of bubblegum that you sometimes find in sweet baijiu cocktails.”
Our take: delicious. This is exactly the kind of cocktail you should be using to introduce new people to baijiu, and it’s one we’ll be making again and again.
Items marked with a * are included in the Baijiu Cocktail Recipe Box.
- 1 oz Ming River Baijiu*
- 1 oz Tequila (we recommend Patrón Silver)
- 1 oz coconut water or juice
- 1 oz pineapple juice
- ½ oz lemon juice
- ½ oz cinnamon anise simple syrup (cinnamon and anise provided in the kit)
- 2-3 drops Portland Bitters Project Aromatic Bitters*
- Combine all ingredients in a shaker.
- Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds until cool.
- Strain into glass.
- Garnish with a pineapple wedge or star anise.
See the full recipe at https://lostplate.com/recipes/slice-of-baijiu-paradise-cocktail-recipe/.
*We’re reviewing the whole kit separately! This is a really interesting package of ingredients and a compelling way to learn about and experiment with baijiu. This post will be updated with a link to that full review soon.