In Beijing, you have two main choices in terms of domestic drinks. Either the watered down beer, usually Tsingtao or Yanjing in Beijing, or baijiu (literally something like “white wine” or “plain liquor”). Baijiu is a 50-60% alcohol per volume, stronger than the vodka we have at home, and would be intriguing to include in any type of cocktail.
We saw a bottle of the stuff on a poster of a show in town this past Saturday at the 2 Kolegas bar out in Chaoyang Park. It was a rock show with Joyside, Carsick Cars (both big names), Recycle and Shaka, with an electro (yes, they mix these in China…) set by Sulumi and DJ Dayong.
We are asking ourselves: is Red Star to the Beijing hipster what Pabst Blue Ribbon is to the North American one?