The best thing about arriving early for your table at Four Season Hong Kong’s three-Michelin-star French restaurant Caprice is enjoying extra time to savor a drink at the adjoining Caprice Bar. One of the 10 best in Hong Kong for VIPs, the decadently dark cocktail lounge serves exquisite drinks crafted by Lorenzo Antinori, Beverage Manager, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, and Beverage Ambassador, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Asia Pacific.
Making Antinori’s extraordinary Da Hong Pao Sour at home will require some stealthy ingredients gathering, as it features a vodka distilled from winter wheat grown and milled in France that is then infused with butter made from Da Hong Pao, a very special Oolong tea found in the best Chinese tea houses. The technique is unappetizingly called “fat washing” but the result is refreshing and delectably fragrant.
Da Hong Pao Sour
45 ml Tried & True vodka fat-washed with Oolong butter
20 ml Mancino Bianco vermouth
10 ml Orgeat
10 ml Fresh Pineapple Juice
20 ml Lemon Juice
Method: Add ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a Nasturtium leaf.
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