A baijiu ‘enthusiast’ by the name of Derek Sandhaus recently paid me a visit with a bottle of Erguotou (二锅头) and a challenge – make him a tasty drink.
Given he’d been drinking neat baijiu with a senior representative of the brand all day, I’m not sure his palate was at its finest, but he seemed to like the results.
I’m terrible at naming drinks (I tend to use generic classifiers like ‘flip’, ‘sour’ or ‘fizz’ with the ingredients attached), but Mr Sandhaus – a writer after all – came up with the Yellow Emperor.
50ml Erguotou 56(%abv!)
Half a fresh passion fruit
20ml fresh lemon juice
15ml cherry brandy
10ml simple syrup (adjust according to acidity of passion fruit)
Shake all the ingredients hard over ice, fine strain into a chilled coupette glass and serve with a smile (and a big shot of Erguotou on the side…)
For Derek’s account of the evening, please see:
300 Shots at Greatness
(which includes all his other fascinating baijiu experiences!)