Asia may be thousands of miles away, but you don’t have to jump on a plane to sip on great cocktails inspired by the world’s biggest continent. From sake-based libations to kimchi picklebacks, here are some of our favorite East-meets-West drinks.
Although sangria hails from Spain, this far East rendition pays homage the original. The sake sangria keeps it simple and has three ingredients: sake, cognac and lychee puree.
Whiskey may seem like an old man’s drink, but this Asian bistro’s Old Saigon is suitable for any boozehound. The distilled spirit is mixed with housemade bitters, cherries, and a muddled Thai basil.
Green tea is one of the healthiest drinks in the world, so its presence in the form of an infused vodka in the Green Tea Classic Press makes this cocktail a little healthier. The one-two punch of ginger (in the forms of Canton Ginger and ginger beer) caps off this drink.
Your common mojito is elevated with tropical flavors in the self-explanatory Passionfruit Lychee Mojito.
A frat house staple is given a Singaporean twist. The Chef’s Special comes with a tall can of Tiger Beer and a shot of bourbon, and is followed with a kimchi pickleback.
Don't be afraid to try something new like Japanese shochu (a liquor made primarily from barley) which is the star of the yuzu sour.
A bevy of Asian flavors - charred pineapple, lemongrass, coconut - harmonize together in the crouching tiger cocktail. The addition sriracha salt gives this drink an unexpected zing.