What Do You Drink on Chinese New Year 2023 for Good Luck?

Drinks have a significant place on the table set in honor of the Chinese New Year, celebrated on January 22, 2023. Besides the traditional dishes, the zodiac signs must also prepare drinks that bring luck.

A Chinese dish also goes well with wine. Here are some ideas:

Aromatic white wines, such as riesling and pinot gris, are especially great with sweet and sour dishes. Gewürztraminer goes well with duck. A sweeter rosé wine with fruity flavours goes well with multi-snack platters.

Spicy or strongly spiced, highly flavoured dishes, such as beef in black sauce, need a generous red wine: manto negro, merlot, cabernet or syrah.

Ginger-flavoured drinks or jasmine or chrysanthemum tea are also popular at the New Year’s table in China.

To attract fortune and prosperity in the coming year, here is what the drink menu must contain:

Wine

Regardless of the flavor, color, and type, the wine should not be missing from the table organized for the Chinese New Year festivity. Depending on the culinary products you serve, keep in mind that white wine is best paired with fish and red wine with pork and beefsteak. Fragrant and light rose wine is perfect for appetizers, seafood, and white meat.

Champagne

Champaign, the noble drink of the night, is not served before midnight, and it is a must-have for New Year. Use stem glasses to offer it to your guests, and shake it a bit before for a truly festive moment.

Maotai

It is the Chinese national and diplomatic drink and must not be missing from any dinner table on Chinese New Year’s Eve. Only made in Guizhou province, Maotai is one of the most famous drinks in the world. Maotai is not distilled from fruits but cereals. The primary raw materials are rice, Sorghum, wheat, corn, and millet.

Lucky Drinks for Each Zodiac Sign on Lunar New Year’s Eve 2023

Rat

Sparkling Kiss – the most appreciated cocktail by the people born in the Rat sign. It is made of lychee liqueur (the red color reflecting happiness and the good mood specific to the holiday), combined with champagne, tequila, and raspberry syrup.

Ox

A drink inspired from Asia and fit for the Oxen is Golden Lantern – a cocktail containing a mixture of 50 ml of Johnny Walker whiskey, 20 ml of lemon juice, exotic Longan fruit juice, and Tamarind paste.

Tiger

The favorite drink of the charming Tiger is Martell luxury brandy, a refined drink from China, perfect for this festivity.

Rabbit

The perfect drink for the Rabbits is the cocktail made out of pomegranate liqueur (which attracts fertility and abundance), pear vodka, and champagne. 

Dragon

Dragon Years: 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

For the Dragons, the best drink would be Sangria – a great, refreshing, and tasty drink, a perfect cocktail, slightly alcoholic and fragrant for the Chinese New Year party.

Snake

Snake Years : 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

Strawberry Mojito is a sparkling, refreshing, and very delicious cocktail, perfect for Snakes. This red-colored mojito is a fresh mixture of rum, lime, mineral water, and mint, with a little bit of sugar and strawberries!

Horse

Pina Colada – a delicious and sweet rum-based drink! It is usually recommended for Horse ladies and is made from white rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice. It is served with ice, garnished with pineapple and a cherry.

Goat

For the Goat ladies, a glass of Cosmopolitan would be the ideal choice on Chinese New Year’s Eve. 

The famous cocktail is slightly sweet and very tasty. It is made by mixing good quality vodka, triple sec or other orange/lemon liqueur, lemon juice, and blueberry juice (or any other berries). It is served with ice and garnished with lemon!

Monkey

Monkey Years : 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016)

Mai Tai is a very fragrant and refreshing drink, and it is recommended for the people born in the Monkey sign. It is made out of rum, orange liqueur, fresh orange juice, a bit of pineapple juice from compote, lemon juice, and ice. It is garnished with a slice of lime and mint. 

Rooster

Black Russian – this cocktail enjoys great popularity among the ladies of Rooster sign, although it is based on a fairly strong alcoholic beverage.

Ice cubes are added to a cocktail glass with vodka and coffee liqueur. It is mixed well with a cocktail spoon and is ready to be served. Cream and coffee powder will give it an extraordinary flavor, somehow reminiscent of the delicious tiramisu dessert.

Dog

Long Island Ice Tea is a strong and full of character beverage for the Dogs. Equal proportions of tequila, white rum, gin, vodka, triple sec, fresh lemon juice, and cola are used. It is served with ice and lemon, and mineral water can replace cola.

Pig

Italian Blossom is a refined cocktail for the beginning of the Rabbit year of 2023. It is prepared from Campari, orange juice, and champagne and garnished with orange slices, raspberries, and lots of ice.


Once the holidays are over, most of us are ready for a good detox. Indulging in too many sweets and rich foods can certainly take a toll on your body. Start off the Year of the Rabbit 2023 right with these tasty drinks. Here’s a toast to a new you!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Water

Holistic healers and great grandmothers the world over have extolled the virtues of apple cider vinegar (ACV) for years. ACV contains acids that bind to toxins, along with properties that fight bacteria, fungus, and yeast. ACV also aids circulation, digestion, and liver function.

The traditional recipe it to add about 2 tablespoons ACV to a large glass of water. You can also add a teaspoon of honey to cut the acidic taste.

Tip: Drink first thing in the morning or before a meal.

Berry Smoothie

This is a fairly simple recipe and no juicer is required—all you need is a blender.

Place the following in your blender: ½ cup of cranberry or cranberry blend juice (preferably unsweetened) ½ cup blueberries, ½ cup mixed berries or berries of your choice, and 3 small bananas. Blend until smooth. Makes 2 servings.

Berries (particularly blueberries) are wonderful antioxidants that scavenge those damaging free radicals floating around in your body.

Dandelion Tea

Another good detox drink is dandelion tea. Dandelion is a great liver tonic. The best part about this tea is that it’s available in teabags. How convenient! Now there’s no excuse about preparation time or trouble. Simply add hot water and steep!

Hot Water and Lemon

This is an easy, tried, and true drink that doesn’t take much effort. Simply boil water, pour into a cup and add a slice of lemon. Simple!

The benefits? This drink will help cleanse and stimulate the liver—one of your most important detox organs. It also aids digestion so that you can better absorb nutrients.

Tip: Start off your day right with this drink an hour before breakfast.

Unbeatable Beet Juice

Beet or beetroot juice is one of the best detoxers around! It’s loaded with antioxidants and fiber to attract, bind sweep out toxins from your body.

You can buy beetroot juice pre-made or you can even purchase it in powder form to mix with water or your favorite juice. But there’s nothing like the real thing.

If you have a juicer, here’s an unbeatable beet juice recipe. Juice 2-3 beets, 2 apples, and 3-4 carrots. Add lemon and/or ginger to taste. Makes 2 servings.