The Chinese invented distilling over 2,000 years ago, but the spirits made there, despite being the world's most widely consumed strong drink, are little-known outside the country. The best are made in a remote region in inland South China, where sorghum is fermented and aged to create flavors from sweet to deeply smoky. These spirits are known as baijiu, and since a variety of them have become more widely available in recent years modern bartenders have discovered them and developed ways of showcasing their unique character. We’ll sample traditional baijiu and see how it’s used in 21st-century mixology during the next installment of Touring the Cocktail: MOTAC Los Angeles
Hakkasan, the international chain of fine-dining restaurants, has been leading a new reevaluation of Cantonese cuisine, and we are delighted that they will pair their superb food with these revelatory cocktails. Plus, participants will be among the first diners to see the new decor at the recently remodeled Beverly Hills location.
The evening begins at 6:30pm with gourmet appetizers, followed by an explanation of traditional baijiu and a demonstration of its use in modern cocktails. Seating is limited to 30, so reserve in advance to avoid disappointment!
To learn more about baijiu and how it’s made, see this recent article by Derek Sandhaus in PUNCH magazine.
More details to come.