This year's Lucky Rice festival is coming up soon, and tickets are going fast. The week-long event highlights Asian culture through a food-and-drink-stained lens, starting April 29th with an already sold out dumpling party hosted by James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), Christina Tosi, and Danny Bowien.
On May 2nd, Iron Chef Morimoto is hosting the festival's cocktail feast. Bombay Sapphire is sponsoring the event as chefs and bartenders gather to serve a wealth of gin-based drinks inspired by Asian ingredients.
Andy Ricker's Whiskey Soda Lounge is featuring two drinks for Cocktail Feast: a Sapphire Fizz (pictured above) and a Scotch-based cocktail inspired by Sam Ross' Penicillin. The Fizz mixes gin with pomegranate drinking vinegar, lemon, and soda. "We use coconut or palm vinegar to make the drinking vinegars," Ricker explains, "they have a sweet, natural flavor which I like a lot."
Nicolas de Soto of Experimental Cocktail Club will be serving a clarified milk-based cocktail called Penang Milk Punch and a Koh Tao, a frozen drink inspired by Thailand's mango sticky rice dessert. Clarifying the milk for the punch is a three-day process. After pineapple, green tea, lemon, coconut water, and ten different spices steep for a day, the mixture is strained, and the process is repeated several times. To finish the drink, de Soto adds gin and rum. "You need to balance everything," de Soto says, "but I put in the Plantation Trinidad Rum to give it a little kick."
Tickets ($50 to $88) are on sale here. For the full lineup of the event (as of now), check out the list below.
Opium on Tap: Bombay Sapphire East, homemade lemongrass tonic, fresh lime
Silk Road Corzo: Reposado tequila, Lillet Blanc, jasmine agave, fresh lemon, Thai chili, rosemary
Lush Life: Bombay Sapphire East, Japanese white pear, triple sec, lemon juice, rose water
Cotton Tail: Hojicha (roasted green tea)-infused 42 Below vodka, apricot liqueur, orange juice, orange bitters, Campari
barmini by José Andrés
Dowager's Brew: Bombay Sapphire East, nigori sake syrup, kina, green apple juice
Macharita Corzo: Reposado tequila, macha green tea powder, maraschino, curaçao, lime Juice, agave nectar
Experimental Cocktail Club
Penang Milk Punch: Pandan-infused Bombay Sapphire East, Van Oosten Batavia Arrack, Cameron Highland green tea, fresh pineapple juice, fresh lemon juice, clarified milk, Malaysian herb- and spice-infused coconut water
Koh Tao: Mango-infused Cazadores reposado tequila, Thai mango sticky rice custard, lime juice, young coconut cordial
Macao Trading Co.
The Bashful Maiden: Bombay Sapphire East, velvet falernum, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, cantaloupe melon puree, mint
Drunken Dragon's Milk: Green tea vodka, young coconut purée, lime juice, pandan leaf syrup, Thai basil leaves, homemade Macao five spice bitters
The Bowery Hotel
Black Thai: Bombay Sapphire East, golden ginger, vanilla syrup, mint, basil, cilantro
Pearls of Gold: Bacardi Gold, chai tea, coconut milk, tapioca pearls
The Pacific: Bombay Sapphire East, calamansi honey, mint, lemon wedge
The Cognac Smash: D'USSÉ Cognac, strawberries, St-Germain, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup
Whiskey Soda Lounge
Sapphire Fizz: Bombay Sapphire East, pomegranate drinking vinegar, fresh lemon juice, soda water