Made in China: the Ping Pong Diplomat

Beijing cocktails you won't find anywhere else

In the first part of our new series highlighting only-in-China bevs, we tried Fang’s multilateral mix, the Ping Pong Diplomat (65RMB). The Diplomat bills itself as fostering Sino-Cuban-Canadian relations, which we can only applaud in this fractious world of 2018. And what better way to ease international tensions than with a cocktail of Havana rum, Pagoda huangjiu, Canadian maple syrup and a dash of orange and lemon? The drink comes topped with a hua mei, a dried prune, which is the huangjiu accompaniment of choice for the old Beijingers we see necking this spirit in less stylish digs than Fang.