What to Drink at An Choi: The Cocky Rooster
Each week in The Daily Shot, we have ourselves a drink that we think you should try, too.
The drink: Cocky Rooster
The bar: An Choi (85 Orchard Street, 212-226-3700)
The price: $7
The ingredients: Beer with sriracha, maggi, lime, jalapeño, served in a salt-rimmed plastic tumbler
The buzz: Like pho that you would want to sip as a refreshing beverage rather than slurp as a hearty meal, this Vietnamese take on the michelada comes across as exuberantly intense and subtly detailed. The freshly sliced pepper and bitter citrus, along with the maggi -- a sort of vegetable bouillon popular in Asia -- play up the beer's hoppy graininess while preventing it from tasting too yeasty. Carbonation, meanwhile, keeps the savory and sour components from being too powerful: The cocktail doesn't have the heavy, steak-in-a-glass vibe of many a Bloody Mary.
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