How to make sticky rice wine that has a history of 3,000 years


Drinking the hard stuff in China is for the most part considered a man’s domain. Rice wine, which clocks in at around 29.5% alcohol, is the traditional masculine tipple and drinking it is a social activity (a very social activity). Groups of friends will gather to drink rice wine out of a communal shot glass or two.

The Chinese are having the Tomb-sweeping Day holiday, or Qingming. The occasion is meant to remember the past ancestors. But it’s also a time for people to make the so-called Qingming sticky rice wine, which has a history of some 3,000 years.

Watch the video below to see how it’s made.