February 19th marks the beginning of The Year of The Sheep (also interchangeably referred to as The Year of The Goat or Ram). The Chinese Zodiac, known as Sheng Xiao, is based on a twelve year cycle, each year in the cycle affiliated with an animal (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig). Not unlike Western Astrology,
it is believe that people born under a certain animal sign will exhibit characteristics distinctive of that animal (for example, people born in the Year of the Ox are supposedly honest, steadfast and industrious).
The Sheep/Sheep is the eighth sign of the 12-year cycle of animals in the Chinese zodiac. The Sheep is kind, gentle, creative and sincere, with an affinity for art and beauty.
The Year of The Sheep is blessed with all five elements – metal, wood, water, fire and earth. Because of this balance, people will have the opportunity to make money, achieve success and attain their goal.
If your goal is to throw a fantastic New Year’s party, or to delight family and friends, these cocktails mixed with The Macallan single-malt whisky are guaranteed to be the highlight of the event.
The Macalan Firecraker
As part of Chinese tradition, Tangerines and oranges are displayed in many homes and stores as a sign of luck and wealth. This cocktail is sure to delight your guests.
- 1.5oz The Macallan Gold
- 3 Tangerine Wedges (or 0.25oz Fresh Tangerine Juice)
- 2 Dash Rhubarb Bitters
- 2oz Ginger Beer to top
Muddle tangerine wedges with bitters. Add The Macallan Gold and fill with ginger beer. Shake and double strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a tangerine zest twist.
The Red Lantern
Lanterns are symbolic of joyous celebrations. The colour red is considered the luckiest colour in China.
- 1.5oz The Macallan Amber
- 0.5oz Lavender Honey Syrup*
- 2oz Pomegranate Juice
- Green Tea Ice Cubes**
Shake The Macallan Amber, lavender honey syrup and pomegranate juice with ice.Strain into a rocks or old fashioned glass filled with green tea ice cubes. Garnish with a lavender sprig
*To make the lavender honey syrup, in a pot combine 500mL water with 500g of lavender honey over low heat. Stir till the honey is dissolved and remove from heat. Once cooled, strain into a container.
**To make the green tea ice cubes, brew green tea, let cool and pour into ice cube tray. Freeze and use as needed.
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