To properly ring in the Chinese New Year this Feb. 8—the Year of the Monkey—we plan on whipping up the 9 Hóu cocktail from Hakkasan, a Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant with locations around the world, from New York to Shanghai.
“The cocktail was inspired by the monkey, which holds the ninth position within the Chinese Zodiac," says Eder Neto, the senior bar manager at Hakkasan's London outpost. "Nine is also considered to be a lucky number in China, but specifically a lucky number to the Monkey Year—so the beverage has nine elements: seven ingredients, the glassware, and the hanging monkey accessory." Not to mention, some boozy banana. "The banana liquor represents the animal in celebration, and pairs nicely with the white rum," Neto adds. Try one for yourself, or make a batch for your own Chinese New Year party with the recipe below.
1/5 oz of agave syrup
1/2 oz of lime juice
4/5 oz guava juice
1/5 oz banana liqueur ($10; budgetbottle.com)
1/3 oz medium dry amontillado sherry ($15; marketviewliquor.com)
1 ⅔ oz white rum ($12; winewisegreenwich.com)
2 dashes of walnut bitters ($14; amazon.com)
Hanging monkey accessory for the rim of the glass (optionaly, $14; amazon.com)
Combine all ingredients in a tumbler. Add ice cubes, shake, and strain into a coup glass.