In Chinese culture, red symbolizes good luck and during the Chinese New Year red clothing is worn, red decorations cover homes and red envelopes filled with money are given to friends and family. Unlike most syrupy red cocktails that are all about the sweet, this one includes spiced rum to cut the saccharine and give it a kick. Pulse staffers tried it and found that it put a spring in their steps, making it a good aperitif. Serious dragon slayers would probably shoot it. Ask your favorite Chinese New Year haunt to mix one, the ingredients should be readily available.
2 oz spiced rum
1 oz Alizé Gold Passion liqueur
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
1 oz pineapple juice
1/2 oz grenadine
Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously, then pour over ice into a rocks glass.
>> Ask for pulse dragon dance at Insignia Steakhouse, Tony Scotto’s place in Smithtown. They’re featuring it all month long.