Kung Hee Fat Choy 2011! Welcome the Year of the Rabbit!
Firecrackers popping, cymbals crashing, drums beating into the night... welcome the Year of the Rabbit! Parades throughout the world are held this week in a celebration now many thousands of years old. Scholars estimate the Chinese calendar began during the reign of Huangdi translating the year 2011 to "chinese year" 4,709. Or some say 4,708 or could be 4,648, but who's counting? It's a lot of years. In any event this is one heck of a celebration for the family... little red envelopes full of money, the sweet cakes and sugared fruits, all part of the celebration of the lunar new year. My favorite is the dragon and the lion dances. In ancient China villagers feared the springtime attacks of the dreaded "Nian" a dragon-like beast from under the sea (but it also lives high in the mountains so beware). The Nian looked for adults, children and dogs. It was sensitive to loud noises and it didn't like the color red. Drums, plates, and bowls were turned into noise makers. Firecrackers were tossed, babies dressed in bright red, red banners and flags were flown throughout the village and all of this to scare away the big bad Nian.
This week join in Hawaii's celebration of the Year of the Rabbit. Wear your red, put money in the lion's mouth for good luck and prosperity, and make a party! Here's a an idea for an in theme cocktail using Kai Vodka (kai means "happy gathering" in Chinese), a rice vodka infused with lychee. Take 1/2 oz. simple syrup 3 Thai Basil Leaves, 1 Lemon Wedge (1/8 lemon), 1 1/2 oz. Kai Lychee Vodka, 1/2 oz. Green Tea Liqueur. Muddle simple syrup, basil and lemon in a cocktail shaker. Add Kai Lyche Vodka and Green Tea Liqueur. Shake and strain into your martini glass. Garnish with basil leaves and a lemon twist. Beautiful. Kai Vodka is dedicated to artisan-like practices impossible to replicate in mass produced brands and likely the only company to produce vodka infused with lychee. GAN BEI! (Cheers)
Stay tuned for more this weekend when we're in Chinatown! http://www.PacificNetwork.tv
For Honolulu downtown schedule of events http://www.chinatownhi.com/?q=node/648