As we near the Chinese New Year, taking place this year on January 23, it is time to fill our kitchen and liquor cabinets and prepare for the great celebration. Though a few of these purchases might be a bit out of the ordinary for some, cultural holidays like this provide a great opportunity and excuse to expand our palates and learn new culinary ways.

Though this holiday focuses more on family time and food, a basic understanding of popular Chinese alcohols can be a fun and different way to honor the yearly tradition.

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