I Drank Chinese Grain Alcohol (Baijiu) in Six Demon Bag - Big Trouble in Little China | How to Drink

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  • Published: 10 July 2019
  • John Carpenters Second best film is one of my all time faves, lets nerd out about it, make Six Demon Bag, and try some Baiju.

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    Oh man do I love this movie. It's so incredibly weird and wonderful and full of crazy 80's special effects, and demons, ghosts, vampires, lich's, bugbears, beholders... a veritable Monstrous Manual of wild stuff in here. Plus we've got Jack Bower, portrayed by Kurt Russell basically doing a goofball version of John Wayne but with a semi-truck. It's got Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong, Donald Li, and of course Kim Cattrall... Magic! Monsters! Adventure! And it's all in the reflexes...

    Stranger Things Season 3 has me thinking about the movies I grew up, and John Carpenter, specifically Big Trouble, feature large in my mind at the moment. In the scene before the Big Battle of this movie, Egg Shen, played by Victor Wong, prepares our heroes for battle with a "medicine" that most fans of the film call Six Demon Bag (I point out in this episode that that's not really right, but it doesn't matter) so they can enjoy a "Big Buzz" also, maybe see things other people don't see? It's not very clear. Anyway, I thought it was time I take a stab at making my own Six Demon Bag, and here it is.

    Six Demon Bag
    .5 oz. -or- 15 ml. Pineapple Juice
    1 oz. -or- 30 ml. Lime Juice
    Two Dashes of Elemakule Tiki Bitters
    .5 oz. -or- 15 ml. Ginger Syrup
    .75 oz. -or- 22 ml. Baijiu
    2 oz. -or- 60 ml. Appleton Estate 12 year Rum
    Shake and decant with Dry Ice
    Serve up

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  • How To Drink
    How To Drink   1 weeks back

    You know what ol' Greg always says at a time like this? He says please click all these links thank you.
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    • jinxiejae
      jinxiejae  1 weeks back

      I don't know if you can make a drink on it, but there is a forgotten gem, circa 70s I think, called bugsy malone. Starring a kid Scott Baio and Jodie Foster. Which was a musical. About 1920s prohibition gangsters. Played by little kids. It's pure wtf, but real fun with great songs. Look it up, it's a fun watch.

    • ShadowMatter
      ShadowMatter  1 weeks back

      Sorghum is a type of molasses so that sickeningly sweet smell you couldn't put your finger on was most likely molasses

    • Jeremy Carman
      Jeremy Carman  1 weeks back

      Enjoying the video. The flavor I most identify baijiu with is a liquorice, or anise.

    • Bearded & Bored
      Bearded & Bored  1 weeks back

      FYI, the wet dog flavor in baiju is from a deep dive into the tails portion of the distillation. Western distillers avoid those notes in the tails and make more conservative cuts, but cultures and tastes differ greatly. To an Eastern palate that may be yummy. Who knows?

    • Tatsuhiro Satou
      Tatsuhiro Satou  1 weeks back

      @ohyeaah111 because the sweetness is the only good thing about its taste.

  • Caledon Fraszer
    Caledon Fraszer  5 hours back

    The Thing? Come on, Greg, you were supposed to say Escape From New York. "I'm inside the World Trade Center on the fiftieth floor. Just like Leningrad, Hauk..."

    • Chris Kirk
      Chris Kirk  6 hours back

      plays D&D confirmed

      • Deacon Frost
        Deacon Frost  8 hours back

        Random thought and it never really occurred to me until right now. They allude to jacks extraordinary reflexes when wang chi doesn’t split the bottle in half and it flys at jack and he catches it almost instantly. The reaction time to catch that bottle would be insane.

        • Grid
          Grid  15 hours back

          My favorite is Escape From New York. Instant classic. Inspired Solid Snakes design, from MGS, all that good stuff. This is tied with it though.

          • Yasso Jermutter
            Yasso Jermutter  18 hours back

            Your description of baijiu was absolutely spot on. I can't believe you even attempted making a cocktail with it. You're a hero.

            • bombercm
              bombercm  18 hours back

              The sweetness is more like some fermented soy bean. Like lightly fermented soy sauce.

              • Reza Lustig
                Reza Lustig  1 days back

                You should try making something with soju.

                • Masked Hobo
                  Masked Hobo  1 days back

                  Big Trouble in Little China is a personal favorite of mine. Thanks for giving it some love.

                  • Amy
                    Amy  1 days back

                    "Very nice, good rum"...spills it all over his hand...SO much booze is wasted on this channel!

                    • Buddah Dog
                      Buddah Dog  2 days back

                      Is there any chartreuse based cocktails? I used to love shooting it before a night out., the only drink that shuts down your brain but your body does what it needs to do to survive.

                      • bensch rose
                        bensch rose  3 days back

                        you sure do have a lot of "favorite movies of all time" xD

                        • TheOneCleanHippy
                          TheOneCleanHippy  3 days back

                          As a laowai (non-Chinese foreigner) that lived in China for a couple years, I have drank a lot of baiju. And I can tell you, it is always digusting and terrible. Even most Chinese people agree that it's gross.

                          • RemyLeBro
                            RemyLeBro  3 days back

                            A bit late to this video, love the variety. You don't see many people making cocktails from 80s movies. Loved the presentation with the pour. AND, I still have some trouble believing that you got a shout out from Phil DeFranco. Congrats on the growth, man. And to the crew of course.

                            • Daniel McGillis
                              Daniel McGillis  3 days back

                              I did not have you pegged as a D&D player. Your games must have a lot of drinks for the different lands. I watch your show to pick drinks I put in my world.

                              • How To Drink
                                How To Drink   3 days back

                                Not a lot of drinks in my games at all actually! Also they tend to be dark... not necessarily combat driven descents into madness where every decision seems to make the situation worse...

                            • HeyItsDingo
                              HeyItsDingo  3 days back

                              A small, weaker Beholder creature is called a Spectator.

                              • Alan Rodrigues
                                Alan Rodrigues  4 days back

                                Dude, whenever you mention the words 'Dungeons and Dragons' you sure win me. So nice to see you bringing old stuff to your show. Keep rocking ;)

                                • Josh Elliott
                                  Josh Elliott  4 days back

                                  I like the slow zoom at 7:00, nice touch keeping the "tasting notes" onscreen.

                                  • Ralph
                                    Ralph  5 days back

                                    Dude, my dog loves these

                                    • Aaron Weisner
                                      Aaron Weisner  5 days back

                                      I just finished reading Dune and would love if you did a take on spice liquor, could be a good way to use cinnamon in a non-Christmas drink.

                                      • Ben Soulsby
                                        Ben Soulsby  5 days back

                                        Wet dog is classic "tails" descriptor and heat/chemical is "heads" sounds like they just rushed some kind of fermented "thing" through a still and made little to no cuts.

                                        • BrickFilmsCinema
                                          BrickFilmsCinema  5 days back

                                          Dry ice in that tea kettle would make for a great Aladdin themed cocktail. Like a genie coming out of the lamp?

                                          • Jane Beckman
                                            Jane Beckman  5 days back

                                            Many years ago, a friend came to a "sukiyaki party" bearing tiny bottles from Chinatown San Francisco. This was served in thimble-sized cups, and can only be described as "herbal nail polish remover." And make you very, very intoxicated on very little. I heard the stuff was banned by the FDA shortly thereafter, as it contained toxic components.

                                            • Dawei Wang
                                              Dawei Wang  5 days back

                                              Nice video, dude. BTW, the liquor you used in the video - the "Moutai Prince" is actually an entry-level model of Kweichow Moutai and it is a blended baijiu. In Mainland China, low-end blended baijiu is usually used as seasoning liquor in kitchen and the "unblended" Moutai baijiu (probably called "Moutai Feitian", about $190 in US) is a popular liquor for banquet.

                                              • deedoublejay
                                                deedoublejay  5 days back

                                                Did the post-production guy have a couple of these before he did the captions?

                                                • Jeff Chadrick
                                                  Jeff Chadrick  6 days back

                                                  "This tastes just like the smell of those English sheepdogs."

                                                  Sounds delightful..

                                                  • vynat draco
                                                    vynat draco  6 days back

                                                    Would Absinthe give that whole "makes you see things" like he says in the scene??

                                                    • Frank Sclafani
                                                      Frank Sclafani  6 days back

                                                      12:28 is the coolest clip from the whole video. The smoke circle when Greg lifts the class was pretty sweet! Nice camera work.

                                                      • John Anderson IV
                                                        John Anderson IV  6 days back

                                                        You could pass for Vincent D'Onofrio's brother and this pleases me.

                                                        • RoxyLuffer
                                                          RoxyLuffer  6 days back

                                                          Make a Dark and Stormy. Just cuz you said "Dark and Stormy night" XD hahaha It just happens to be Matt Mercer's Favourite drink. You threw a D&D reference, and now so have I. Do it.

                                                          • Puritan Pictures
                                                            Puritan Pictures  6 days back

                                                            A movie related drink recommendation for you: the Aqua Velva Jake Gyllenhaal drinks in the movie Zodiac.

                                                            • Bernard Manansala
                                                              Bernard Manansala  6 days back

                                                              6:16

                                                              YOU'RE STALLING!!! DRINK THAT SHIT ALREADY!!!

                                                              • BancroftOutdoors
                                                                BancroftOutdoors  6 days back

                                                                My wife has the same tea kettle, guess I’ll be borrowing that lol

                                                                • safata77429
                                                                  safata77429  6 days back

                                                                  Baijiu goes well with green plum( Ume plum), please give it a try!

                                                                  • Sam Jacks
                                                                    Sam Jacks  6 days back

                                                                    So there are actually two types of Baiju, the bathtub variety. And a high class variety that's closer to 40% and smells more like rosewater and other lighter smelling things.

                                                                    • barrie livingston
                                                                      barrie livingston  6 days back

                                                                      I love the movie, not to sure about the drink.

                                                                      • Rogelio Ocana
                                                                        Rogelio Ocana  6 days back

                                                                        The chinese family I was with for small time preferred calling it maotai instead of Baijiu. Shit be strong and will make ya warm that's for sure, the guy kept downing them and I could only drink like two shots.

                                                                        • whoijacket
                                                                          whoijacket  6 days back

                                                                          You mean you can buy Baiju? You don’t get it from your Chinese grad student roommate in an unlabeled glass bottle?

                                                                          • Maximum Power
                                                                            Maximum Power  7 days back

                                                                            I do not drink alcohol, but I really like your channel! It's an entertaining and educational show. Great job

                                                                            • Kojo2047
                                                                              Kojo2047  7 days back

                                                                              "Wet dog but like NICE wet dog" is just saying that, while it DOES smell like a wet dog, it's a wet dog that you still want to cuddle with so you just try to ignore the smell and get puppy cuddles.

                                                                              • Darrian Weathington
                                                                                Darrian Weathington  7 days back

                                                                                Speaking of the 80s, Can we get a *Brewed Gyokuro Tea,* from yakuza 0?

                                                                                • Darrian Weathington
                                                                                  Darrian Weathington  7 days back

                                                                                  The first thing I thought of when I saw the thumbnail was "is that a box art for double dragon?"
                                                                                  *Big trouble in little China*
                                                                                  Same thing...

                                                                                  • ROVER25X
                                                                                    ROVER25X  1 weeks back

                                                                                    "What more can a guy ask for"

                                                                                    • Gryfuth Davis
                                                                                      Gryfuth Davis  1 weeks back

                                                                                      Greg, if you want to say 白酒/ baijiu better, “bye Joe” is a lot closer than what you were saying

                                                                                      • GryphonBrokewing
                                                                                        GryphonBrokewing  1 weeks back

                                                                                        You need a WI girl to help with your tasting notes. Women, because they are for more eloquent than us males and WI because drinking is a state sport.

                                                                                      • Kenneth Koedel
                                                                                        Kenneth Koedel  1 weeks back

                                                                                        "Good, what do we do, drink it?"
                                                                                        "Yeah"
                                                                                        "Good, thought so."

                                                                                        • Drezayzel
                                                                                          Drezayzel  1 weeks back

                                                                                          That Baijiu... kicked.yo.butt! :D :D

                                                                                          • Canadian Whisky Smith
                                                                                            Canadian Whisky Smith  1 weeks back

                                                                                            High end Baijiu is amazing! Got a taste at a Chinese restaurant a few weeks ago.

                                                                                            A family was celebrating and had a bottle of Wuliangye (first produced during the Ming Dynasty in China, Wuliangye literally means "Five Grain Liquor").

                                                                                            Rich, heavy aromas made me think earthy and fruity, with...something else. Perhaps like meandering through a dense, tropical forest.

                                                                                            The palate was a show stopper! So much flavour, it was difficult to pin down what I was tasting.

                                                                                            A sour, fermented fruit with hints of cacao nibs or ultra dark chocolate.

                                                                                            I had to look up tasting notes because I was having trouble articulating it.

                                                                                            So thick and intense (52% abv!!), as soon as I read "pineapple", it all started clicking into place.

                                                                                            Oily, yet crisp, I found it quite sweet as I sipped really small sips, trying to stretch out the experience.

                                                                                            As we were getting ready to leave, I finished the last bit in one, larger drink, and was struck by the oddest sensation. It felt like my tongue had gone dry, yet the flavours left the entirety of my mouth coated. Like when you're cleaning windows and you see the moisture appear and almost instantly disappear, leaving a light, protective film on the glass.

                                                                                            The taste lingered for well over an hour.

                                                                                            At $250-ish CAD, I'm not likely to buy a bottle any time soon, but I definitely want one for my collection eventually.