6 Drinks to Help You Celebrate Chinese New Year

6 Drinks to Help You Celebrate Chinese New Year

What are some drinks that can help you celebrate Chinese New Year?

  1. Fortune Margarita
  2. Lychee Liqueur Martini
  3. Poppy Cocktail
  4. Mat The Rat
  5. Beer
  6. Bonus: Chinese New Year drinking games


  Chinese New Year is right around the corner, and for many Filipinos, celebrating it is a given. In the Chinese language, their term for the word alcohol (酒 – jiu) is a homophone of their word long-lasting (久) and during festivals, Chinese people drink to long-lasting happiness, prosperity, and longevity.

  Continue reading if you are looking for some Chinese New Year drinks to celebrate because holidays and festivals are simply not the same without them.


Fortune Margarita

  Starting off this list strong, you have the fortune margarita. This makes the list purely because of its name. The Chinese are big on luck and auspiciousness which is why a ‘fortune’ margarita is appropriate. Before making this drink, you have to be warned: it has many alcohol components and is very strong. Despite that, it is still quite delectable and should be a hit at your Chinese New Year party. Just make sure to gather the necessary ingredients.


Here’s what you need (1 serving):

  • 40 ml Casa Noble Crystal
  • 15 ml Triple sec
  • 20 ml Lime juice
  • 25 ml Fresh mandarin juice
  • 5 ml Simple syrup
  • 2 dashes Orange bitters
  • 2 dashes Absinthe
  • 1 Orange Twist



  1. In a shaker, add all the ingredients along with some ice. Shake well.
  2. Fine strain the contents into a martini or coupette glass
  3. Garnish the drink with an orange twist (optional).
  4. Serve while cold and enjoy!


  Since there are many different kinds of alcohol needed to make this, try your best to stick to the recipe and not pour more alcohol than what is prescribed. Also, try to limit consumption to two drinks at most per person to avoid getting too wasted.


Lychee Liqueur Martini

Lychee Liqueur Martini

  Going for a more thematically appropriate cocktail, the lychee liqueur can be your drink of choice. The lychee fruit symbolizes beauty, wellness, and love in Chinese culture and that makes it the main star of this drink. One thing that many people will surely like about this drink is that it is easy to make.


Here’s what you need (1 serving):

  • 30 ml Vodka
  • 45 ml Lychee Liqueur
  • 1 dash of Lychee Juice
  • 1 Strawberry (optional)



  1. In a shaker with ice, mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
  2. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with strawberry (optional)
  4. Serve while cold and enjoy!


  Pretty straightforward, refreshingly sweet, and has a small kick, the lychee liqueur martini can certainly be a crowd favorite.


Poppy Cocktail

Opium Cocktail

  Since the main theme of Chinese New Year is prosperity and good tidings, the poppy cocktail is an appropriate drink to make and serve for your celebrations. Pomegranate, the main ingredient in this drink, symbolizes abundance and successful procreation in Chinese culture. Try this drink out if you are looking to usher in the good tidings in terms of wealth and if you’re trying to start a family.


Here’s what you need (1 serving):

  • 45 ml Gin
  • 25 ml Citrus Vodka
  • 45 ml Pomegranate Juice
  • 1 dash Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 dash Orange bitters
  • 1 dash Lemon-lime soda
  • 1 Lemon wheel for garnish



  1. Like the previous drinks, you are going to need a shaker with some ice.
  2. Mix all the ingredients except the soda.
  3. Strain the drink in a rocks glass with ice.
  4. Top it off with as much lemon-lime soda as you wish
  5. Add a lemon wheel for garnish (optional)


  This drink takes its name from soda pop — a drink that is usually fruity and refreshing. However, thanks to the gin component it also has an aromatic touch to it. If you are looking for a drink to serve a large group of people, try converting this cocktail into a poppy punch. Just make sure to adjust the ratio of the ingredients accordingly.


Mat The Rat

Mat the Rat

  If you weren’t already aware, 2020 is the year of the rat in terms of the Chinese animal zodiacs. While that might not be the most appealing idea for a drink, it is still appropriate for Chinese New Year, especially if you or the people who are going to drink this are born in the years of the rat (1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008).


Here’s what you need (1 serving):

  • 60 ml Spiced Rum
  • 25 ml Triple Sec
  • 25 ml Lemon Juice
  • 40 ml Orange Juice
  • Lemon-lime soda



  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes, then add the lime juice, orange juice, spiced rum and triple sec.
  2. Shake well and strain into a highball glass filled with ice cubes.
  3. Top up with lemon-lime soda.


  Like the other drinks on this list, it is also fruity in nature, albeit a tad spicy thanks to the rum. Fruits are an important aspect of Chinese New Year, especially those that are round-shaped because




  Beer is what many people consider to be one of the universal celebratory drinks alongside wine and champagne. Some love drinking beer so much that any reason is a good reason to drink it. If you are not one of those people and only drink it when there’s a special occasion, then you should drink to your heart’s content this Chinese New Year. The gold color of beer matches well with the red-colored theme of the festival.

  When it comes to drinking beer, you should go with your favorite type and brand. However, if you don’t have a particular one in mind then try choosing from Alcoline’s selection of imported beer.


Bonus: Chinese New Year drinking games

Chinese New Year Drinking Games-Bonus

  If you are planning to go for a long celebration involving family and friends, then one thing you can do to pass the time is to play some Chinese drinking games. Most drinking games from China have only a few rules, which is great because it gives you more time to drink and bond.


Chinese Card Counting

  The only thing you need to play this game aside from having people to play with is a shuffled deck of cards. The players must be arranged around a table wherein everyone has equal access to the middle. Everyone takes turns being the dealer, but it must always begin with the youngest person with the role moving clockwise.

  As for the game mechanics, the dealer counts from 1 to 13 while simultaneously putting down a card face-up in the middle per number. If the number of the card is the same as the number that the dealer says, everyone must put their hands on top of the card pile. The last person to do this will drink, but anyone who puts their hand wrongfully on the pile will also drink, so pay careful attention.


Finger Guessing

  If you are looking to play a game for two players, then finger guessing might do the trick. The concept is simple, but the outcome can be potentially deadly. To play, both players must extend their arms out at the same time, revealing a number of fingers on either hand. Each player takes turns shouting a number between 2 and 20. If the total number of fingers held up is equal to the number that is said by the guessing player then that player does not drink. If not, well, cheers!


Key Takeaway

  Now that you’ve added more cocktails to your repertoire, you can be better prepared for celebrations during the Chinese New Year and more. Don’t forget that drinking shouldn’t be the main focus of celebrations and should always be done in moderation. Feel free to try some of the Chinese New Year drinks listed above to ensure a wonderful time. Kung Hei Fat Choi!

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