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The perfect cocktail for Lunar New Year celebrations

Sure to get your year off to a sweet and delicious start.


As with any other new year celebration, a cocktail is a perfect way to mark the occasion...

The Lunar New Year, also known by many as Chinese New Year,  is the holiday that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. Celebrated by many Asian cultures, it marks a time for sweeping out the past and ushering in a year of luck. The holiday starts on the second new moon after the winter solstice (which in 2021 falls on February 12) and lasts up to 15 days. 

While customs and traditions vary by country and region, they frequently include fireworks, parades and red envelopes full of money; lucky symbols include the colour red as well as citrus fruit like tangerines and oranges. The holiday is often kicked off the evening before by a feast with family involving specific dishes such as noodles and dumplings that symbolize health, luck and prosperity in the coming year. 

But if last night you just enjoyed a typical midweek helping of pasta, don't worry - there are still plenty more ways for you to celebrate the Lunar New Year. One such way - and a key way to celebrate any occasion - is with a cocktail. 

We tasked the mixologists over at The Sexton with the challenge of coming up with a unique cocktail inspired by the Lunar New Year.

And oh, did they deliver...

Dead of Night Cocktail:


· 35ml The Sexton Single Malt

· 25ml fresh lemon juice

· 20ml sugar syrup

· 1 egg white

· 12.5ml red wine

· Cubed or block ice


1. Add the whiskey, lemon juice, sugar syrup and egg white into a cocktail shaker and shake without ice.

2. Add ice and shake again.

3. Strain over cubed or block ice in a rocks glass.

4. Top with red wine and serve.

The Sexton is available to purchase in Tesco, Supervalu, Celtic Whiskey Store, Carry Out, Fine Wines, O’Briens Wine and select independent retailers and off-licenses. See www.thesexton.com for more information.

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