With two of the world’s top fifty bars located in Hong Kong, this city is one of the best places in the world to enjoy a great cocktail. And thanks to innovative bartenders across the city, the nature of cocktails on offer is changing every day. The latest trend in Hong Kong's cocktail scene? The use of traditional Chinese medicinal herbs. Here’s the inside scoop on how delicious cocktails are made with a distinctively Asian herbal twist.
Taste Some Tamarind
In the world of Chinese herbal medicine, tamarind is often used to treat fevers. This is because the temperature of tamarind is ranked “cool” and its flavor is sweeter than other similarly pungent herbs out there. Using tamarind in cocktails makes sense as bartenders can take advantage of its natural sweetness. It's best to use tamarind in a cocktail as a syrup, which means steeping it first, then straining it and combining it with sugar.
A Real Wind Down
Cocktails are often enjoyed after work as a way to wind down after a long day. And while certain spirits are known to get this job done, there are specific Chinese medicinal herbs that can aid the chilling out process when added to a cocktail recipe. Chamomile, for example, is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a little relaxation. But don't forget, this herb could leave you feeling a little sleepy, especially when combined with alcohol.
It’s Berry Healthy
There are all sorts of cocktail recipes out there that incorporate both fresh and frozen berries but using traditional goji berries or elderflower berries will give any drink an extra kick. Not only do these berries taste delicious, they also provide serious medicinal benefits. They are, after all, one of the healthiest superfoods for living longer.
If you’re a fan of cocktails and cocktail culture, you know how quickly trends come and go and how important it is for bartenders to be constantly innovating and improving their craft. There is no doubt that it's an exciting time in Hong Kong's cocktail scene, especially with the abundance of delicious drinks that pay homage to Hong Kong traditions. From the sweet notes of tamarind to the relaxing properties of chamomile and everything in between, there truly is something for everyone!