If you find yourself living under a deluge of oranges during Chinese New Year fear not. Oranges, tangerines, and satsumas are some of the most common foodstuffs around at this time of year, and it’s all thanks to their association with wealth and good luck in Chinese tradition. The word orange sounds a lot like the Chinese word for wealth and tangerine sounds a lot like the Chinese word for luck, so you know there’s really no excuse not to have a ton in the house. Not to mention the colour orange being associated with good fortune. There’s three good reasons why you should stock up, and that’s without looking at what you can actually do with them!
Obviously you could just eat them. It’s Spring, coughs and colds abound, so working your way through baskets of delicious vitamin C can only be a good thing. Absolutely. But it’s also sort of boring after a while. So why not use them to jazz up some (definitely not traditional) Chinese New Year drinkies?
Orange peel makes a great addition to anything from a vodka and soda to a classic G&T. I’ll just be straight up honest, I have the BEST gin for this, and I don’t think it’s available in Singapore. Sorry, we brought a bottle back with us after Christmas! But it’s worth the OTT bubblewrapping and suitcase roulette. I’m talking about Liverpool Gin’s Valencian Orange. I don’t even know of anything like it in Singapore. However you could definitely use any off the shelf gin if your hearts set on a G&T with orange, although you may need to add a basil leaf to keep the taste more Mediterranean and less kitchen cleaner fluid.
Simply slice, chop and peel your oranges, or even get creative with chop sticks and other props, to make your favourite drink a little more CNY appropriate! Scroll down for a couple of gin based drink ideas!
Classic Orange Blossom
100 tonic water
Drizzle the honey into the bottom of a glass, add the gin and plenty of crushed or cubed ice. If you’re adding a curled strip of orange peel garnish (like on the left) then you may find it easier to put it in the glass before the ice. Top up with tonic, add a straw or two, give it a quick swirl to mix. Devour.
Golden Gin Fizz
1 egg white
Juice of 2 oranges
Soda water to top up (optional)
Add the gin, egg white, freshly squeezed orange juice, grenadine and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 3 minutes (no more, no less). Pour into a martini glass and top up with soda water. This is a workout that will get you pissed.
Liverpool Gin’s “China Town Gin Fizz”
10ml lychee puree
Twist of black pepper
Dash lychee liqueur
Squeeze of lime
Prosecco (to top up)
Add gin, lychee puree, lychee liqueur, lime juice, black pepper and ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake for a minute or two, then strain into a champagne flute. Top up with prosecco. Adorn with a lychee garnish if you’re being fancy.
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