The “Year of the Rabbit” cocktail is a cocktail that I created to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The Chinese Zodiac is a 12-year cycle of animals associated with the Chinese calendar. The year of the rabbit is associated with elegance, diplomacy, and good taste.
This cocktail is a blend of gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, mandarin juice, and egg white. The gin provides a smooth and elegant base, while the lemon and mandarin juices add a citrusy and sweet flavour. The egg white gives the cocktail a frothy and creamy texture, and the simple syrup adds a touch of sweetness. The garnish of a lemon or mandarin wheel adds a touch of colour and freshness to the final presentation.
The Year of the Rabbit cocktail is a refreshing and elegant drink that can be enjoyed at any occasion. It’s perfect for New Year’s Eve or any other special occasion and it’s a great way to celebrate the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rabbit.
- 2 oz gin
- 1/2 oz lemon juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- 1 oz mandarin juice
- 1 egg white
- In a shaker, combine gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, mandarin juice (or pieces of mandarin), and egg white.
- Dry shake (without ice) for about 15 seconds to emulsify the egg white.
- Add ice to the shaker and shake again for about 15 seconds.
- Strain the mixture into a chilled coupe glass.
- Garnish with a mandarin or orange twist.
This cocktail combines the smoothness and elegance of gin with the sweet and citrusy flavours of mandarin and lemon. The egg white gives the cocktail a frothy and creamy texture, while the simple syrup adds a touch of sweetness. The garnish of a lemon or mandarin wheel will add a touch of colour and freshness to the final presentation.
When making a “Year of the Rabbit” cocktail, it’s best to use a high-quality gin that will complement the other ingredients in the cocktail. Here are some popular gin brands that are well suited for the “Year of the Rabbit” cocktail:
- Tanqueray: Tanqueray is a classic gin known for its juniper-forward flavour and clean finish. It’s a great choice for this cocktail as it will add a good balance of juniper and citrus flavours.
- Hendricks: Hendricks is a gin known for its unique botanical mix, including cucumber and rose petals, which will add an interesting twist to the cocktail.
- Beefeater: Beefeater is a London Dry gin known for its traditional juniper flavour, making it a good choice for the cocktail.
- Bombay Sapphire: Bombay Sapphire is a gin known for its smooth and botanical flavour, it’s a gin that has a good balance of juniper and citrus, making it a good choice for the Year of the Rabbit cocktail
- Martin Millers: Martin Miller’s gin is known for its unique blend of botanicals and its smooth and silky finish. It’s a good choice for the cocktail as it will add a unique and complex flavour to the drink.
Remember that gin is a strong spirit and it should be used in moderation, always pay attention to the proportions of the ingredients you use.
Enjoy your Year of the Rabbit cocktail, cheers!