Ray Loy, owner of Vancouver’s hottest nouveau-Chinese restaurant, Bambudda, has a serious passion for creative drinks. In the spirit of Asian Heritage Month (May), also known as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the U.S., here are Ray’s five Asian-inspired cocktails perfect for the warmer weather.
1. Calamansi Whiskey Sour
What it is: A cocktail highlighting one of the most frequently used fruits in Filipino cooking.
Ingredients: Whiskey, calamansi juice, calamansi limes, honey and plenty of ice.
Find the recipe at blog.junbelen.com.
2. The Hakka
What it is: A tropically infused cocktail that is currently served at one of the hippest and happening Cantonese restaurant and night bars in the Lower Mainland, known as Hakkasan.
Ingredients: Vodka, sake, coconut, fresh passion fruit and lychee juice.
Find the recipe at nrn.com
3. Tom Yam Siam Cocktail
What it is: Named after the traditional Thai soup, the Tom Yam Siam cocktail compacts the spices of this popular soup delicacy into a delicious drink with a spicy kick!
Ingredients: Vodka, lemongrass, lime leaf and ground chili.
Find the recipe at food.com
4. Yogurt Soju
What it is: A popular drink originating from Korea and now trending around Asia, this cocktail is sweet and tangy with a reputation of being easy to drink.
Ingredients: Soju, Sprite and Asian yogurt.
Find the recipe at koreanfood.about.com
5. Dragon Fruit Cocktail
What it is: Unusually shaped and brightly colored, the exotic looks of the dragon fruit alone will have you wanting to try this cocktail! If that isn’t enough to convince you to have a sip, the simple fact that dragon fruits are rich in antioxidants and vitamins will definitely convince you otherwise!
Ingredients: Rum, ginger beer, dragon fruit, agave and lime juice.
Find the recipe at sugarandcharm.com
If you enjoyed Ray’s list of top-five Asian-inspired cocktails, check out his top-five decadent, spicy and knock-out martinis & shots at schemamag.ca. Have fun mixing and making some of these cocktails yourself!