Whiskey Sour

by Logan Miller

Well, the cold weather is finally upon us and that means we gotta find ways to stay warm in whatever ways possible, of course my way is booze – go figure, right? I’d say keep things simple and drink tequila, but for some reason not everyone agrees with me. So a whiskey cocktail it is! Now, now, don’t worry if you’re one of those who can’t handle that harsh dark stuff like I know some of you are, Whiskey Sour is something that is very smooth and so delicious you’ll keep wanting more.

Four Roses Bourbon Whiskey
Fresh Lemon Juice
Simple Syrup

1. Take a rocks glass and fill it with ice to chill while you are mixing the ingredients.
2. In your cocktail shaker, add 60ml bourbon, 30ml fresh lemon juice, and 15ml simple syrup.
3. Take the ice from the rocks glass and add it to the cocktail shaker, then shake till the shaker frosts over and strain into the glass.
4. Peel a piece of lemon and rub it around the lip of the glass then use, along with a, maraschino cherry, as garnish.
5. Use your smart phone, take a couple pictures and post on your WeChat.
6. Sit back and enjoy!

A few tips:
1. You can use any kind of Bourbon, but I really do insist using Four Roses because of the smooth taste.
2. I mean it when I say, “fresh lemon juice,” it makes a world of difference.
3. Simple Syrup is a basic ingredient in most cocktails so having some in the house is a must for anyone wanting to make cocktails. Just boil down equal parts sugar and water then put in the refrigerator to cool.

Stay thirsty my friends!

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2009 Domaine de la Janasse “Tradition” Cote du Rhone

While everyone is aware of French wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy, it is time to branch out and explore wines from other wine growing areas of France. This month we explore a French wine from the Rhone area.

The entire Rhone Valley is frequently referred to as the Cotes du Rhone, but this is also the name of more than 100 communes in the region north of Avignon. The primary grape varieties cultivated here are Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Carignan. Wines labeled Cotes du Rhone are enjoyable and satisfying with lush flavors of black pepper, roasted herbs, cherry, cassis, and raspberry.

Domaine de Janasse is well-known for making exemplary wines. Aime Sabon took over his father’s and father-in-law’s vineyards in 1967. Aime built wine storage in caves in 1973 and thus created the Domaine of La Janasse. Over time he enlarged the domaine by acquiring new vineyards of different varieties, going from 15 ha to 55 hectares.

The quality of the 2009 vintage reflects a perfectly balanced growing season: firstly a wet spring, then a hot summer which promoted the production of grapes to a fully ripe state, very colorful and flavorful and with firm tannin structure. The 2009 vintage is one of the earliest of this early 21st century. In the vineyard, during the harvest Aime had the freedom to organize his harvest sites according to their different maturities of the various grapes varieties and plots.

The Domaine de Janasse 2009 is a classic blend of 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 15% Carignan and 5% Cinsault. The wine is bright purple with an assertively perfumed bouquet evoking dark berry preserves, cherry compote and white pepper, plus a subtle touch of smokiness. Juicy and smooth in texture, offering good depth to its bitter cherry and cassis flavors and a very long finish this wonderful Cote du Rhone is an excellent compliment to roast duck or duck confit, beef bourguignon and grilled pork chops. Until next time, more wine please.

2009 Domaine de la Janasse

MORE Biz Q&A October 2013

1.  Dear Rosario, I am the owner of a chain of ice-cream shop in Italy, and I am looking to expand into China. I’ve heard many people have a hard time coping with regulatory issues while establishing their food and beverage business in China. I would like to know what licenses and special requirements are needed to open an ice-cream shop, and what is the estimated time necessary to start operating?    

Dear Sir,
The process for establishing a food and beverage business in China is similar to the process for establishing a regular Foreign Invested Commercial Enterprise (FICE), with some additional licenses and requirements that vary depending on the type of products you wish to sell.

If you intend to prepare and sell food in your location, you will need to apply for a catering license before receiving the business license. The catering license is obtained from the district representative of the State Food and Drug Administration. The restaurant is required to employ Chinese staff, trained and qualified by government authorities, as well as to pass the Environmental Assessment and the Fire Protection Acceptance Check. Bear in mind, these procedures can be quite difficult to pass and may delay the time until you receive the license. If your establishment is located in Shanghai and your company has already been granted the catering license, then you won’t need to apply for the Food Circulation License, which is necessary to sell pre-made and pre-packed food. This whole process might take around 6 to 7 months. In case you wish to sell alcoholic beverages, an additional license will be needed: this can take a couple of months to obtain.

2. I manage a HK company. We have three Rep. Offices in mainland China, but in an attempt to restructure our company, we want to close down our Guangzhou office. What is the necessary procedure for this, and how long would it take us?   

Under PRC law and practices, the whole de-registration procedure for a Rep. Office includes two parts: tax de-registration and legal de-registration. Tax de-registration represents the first step of the process, and legal de-registration can only be undertaken after the tax de-registration is completed.

The process of tax de-registration begins with a tax audit by a locally licensed CPA firm. The firm will have to provide the tax audit and tax clearance reports to support the tax-deregistration application. Furthermore, the cancellation of tax registration certificates from the State Administration of Tax and the local Tax Bureau are needed, as well as the collection of the tax de-registration confirmation are required to proceed with the legal deregistration. Legal deregistration includes: the cancellation of the Registration Certificate, the cancellation of the Organization Code Certificate, the cancellation of the Financial chop, the Rep. Office chop and the closure of the company’s bank account.

The timeframe for the whole process is about 3-4 months, depending on the individual case.

Dezan Shira

Old Fashioned Sailor


by Logan Miller

Being from a navy town I was always part of the rum drinking, sailor sub-culture, and somehow, by the grace of the alcohol gods, all the way in Hangzhou, I got my hands on a bottle of Sailor Jerry Rum. This is something to celebrate, so why not with a drink?

When you hear someone mention an Old Fashioned, whiskey is what comes to mind, not rum. It has been a couple of years since I last had the taste of Sailor Jerry on my lips and I knew right away what I was going to do with it – take one of my favorite cocktails and change it up! This requires more ingredients than a typical cocktail, but trust me it’s delicious!

Sailor Jerry Rum
Sugar Cube
Soda Water
Cracked Black Pepper
Cherries Ice

1. Take a rocks glass and place one sugar cube on the bottom in the center.
2. Add three dashes of Tabasco, five dashes of Bitters (go look up what Bitters is, I’m too busy trying to teach you how to make a cocktail), and a couple cracks of black pepper all atop the sugar cube.
3. Splash a little bit of Soda Water in the glass, not enough to cover the sugar cube completely but enough to muddle the sugar into until it’s grounded down completely.
4. Pour 90ml of rum into the glass and stir for a few seconds.
5. Top off the glass with a few ice cubes and garnish with two cherries, if you take your time and sip this drink the cherries will be a delicious treat at the end. 6. Finally it’s time to sit back and enjoy!

A Few Tips:
1. If you really like a kick to your drinks just add more Tabasco or try a spicier hot sauce.
2. If the drink is too strong for your liking, add more soda water and even a little cherry juice making it easier to drink….pansy!

Want to know how to make a certain cocktail, just let us know and it could be the next featured drink in this section!

Stay thirsty my friends!

Warnings in October 2013

I was sitting in the bar the other day, exactly one day after the full moon was way up high in the sky, and I had a few left over yuebings, so I decided reluctantly to offer a couple to a few friends. Me? I think that aside from the well-coveted egg variety, they are fantastic with a cup of coffee in the morning when you wake up with the sunrise. And to my surprise, they actually enjoyed them, as did their dog. Alright, their dog had to be tricked into eating a bite of one by hiding it in his treat, but when happiness is what you need so bad, sometimes a bit of foolery is needed. I walked home in this heat. Wasn’t it late September, and it was still that hot? I move like hell, so I guess a little perspiration is expected. When I got home, I just had to play with my “new” phone. That morning I had just upgraded to iOS 7, and was still very unfamiliar with the thing to say the least. Everybody I know seems to know me well, but not in this regard. I might be a Luddite, but I am still able to hit a few buttons on my phone. For some odd reason, I felt that my phone had some new sort of powers—like it had more energy, or at least an easier version of Candy Crush which though I doubt it, enabled me to pass one of those hellacious levels that I had been stuck for a week on. Level 165 really sucked. Talk about taking our time on that one. Those game masters should be shot because I then proceeded to pass two more levels with only two attempts at each. Maybe it was the moon, or maybe it was the vitamin packed yuebing that made me more astute. We really shouldn’t go there though because if you know me by now, you know that raising my intellect really isn’t that difficult considering where it starts.

So back to this iOS 7 thing. It wasn’t me who had a hard time getting used to it, but instead, it was my daughter, who had to take my hand through the process. It only goes to show that they can’t appease everybody. She kept asking me to turn it back. Oh what fun it all would be if we could just get the old version of Pou back onto my phone, but that didn’t stop us from playing with the thing until the batteries which I thought would be everlasting, finally ran out. Then I turned on the internet radio and “fallow” sleep as a friend used to write to me, and when I woke up in the morning I couldn’t get this song out of my head, yet for some odd reason I can’t remember what song it is. Do do do a bop bop a do oh. My my my my my my yeah.

By Tim Hoerle