Good Fortune Cocktail for The Chinese New Year

by Julie Cohn

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{Disclosure:  I received a sample of the Below Deck Ginger Rum. My opinions and this recipe are 100% my own.}

This Good Fortune cocktail, Zàohuà, means “good fortune” or “good luck” in Chinese.  Did you know that mandarin oranges symbolize luck for the new year in Chinese culture?  The golden color of the orange signifies the color of money, and thus lots of good fortune.   This cocktail is made with mandarin juice as well as ginger (rum), another food symbolic in Chinese cuisine.   I hope this cocktail, a long with a plate of dumplings and long noodles will give you lots of good fortune for the new year!

Good Fortune Cocktail

  • 3 oz. Below Deck Ginger Rum*
    4 oz. Mandarin Orange Juice (I use Aliseo)
    1 oz. Maraschino Syrup
    1 oz. Coconut Rum

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.  Add the rum, mandarin juice, maraschino syrup, and coconut rum and shake well.


Strain into a martini glass and garnish with fresh mandarin orange slice and a few maraschino cherries.


Only use a little coconut rum, as you do not want to take away from the zesty taste of the ginger rum–the two together make a nice balance for the mandarin juice and maraschino syrup.

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