Lumos is the NYC Bar Bringing Baijiu Infusions and Cocktails to America

By: Charlotte Joyce Kidd - Oct 21, 2015
References: lumosnyc & grubstreet
Lumos is the New York City that's bringing baijiu, the notoriously challenging Chinese liquor, to America.

Baijiu is a Chinese liquor that has sparked much discussion internationally. It's the best-selling liquor on the planet, but it's also infamous for its extremely odd (and some say, awful) taste. It's a rarity in American bars, mostly stocked just to have on the menu as a conversation piece. Lumos is looking to change that. The specialty bar offers its own house-made infused baijiu, giving flavors like apricot, basil and fig to the strange-tasting Chinese liquor. It also has a huge range of exotic baijiu cocktails, including a bell pepper martini, sesame colada and tamarind daiquiri.

Lumos fits into the model of innovative concept bars that center around one specialty in theme and taste. These hot spots draw in curious gourmands who accept higher price points in order to try the latest conversation-worthy rare whiskey, creative cocktail or controversial Chinese liquor.