Hou Yi The Lord Archer

Hou Yi
Hou Yi

Hou Yi or lord archer as he was otherwise known, earned undying fame through his prowess with a bow, which was made from tiger bone and only he could draw it, and his arrows were made from dragons tendons.

It is said he saved the moon during an eclipse and rescued the country from a wind monster, he is also credited with saving the earth. In Chinese mythology, there were ten sun crows which settled on ten suns, each day one of the sun crows would be rostered to travel around the world in a carriage driven by Xihe the mother of the suns.

As soon as one sun crow returned another would set on its journey across the sky. One day all ten sun crows came out together causing the world to burn. Hou Yi was told by king Yao to find a way to sort things out. At first Hou Yi tried to reason with the sun crows, but when that did not work and the sun crows refused to heed his warnings.

He plucked an arrow from his satchel and began to shoot them down one at a time, he shot them until only one sun crow was remaining. The tenth sun crow was so scared it flew away and hid in a cave and the world was plunged into darkness and cold. All living things on the planet begged the sun crow to come out, but the sun crow ignored them, until a rooster climbed to the top of his roost and shouted, “brother come out please do” (cock-a-doodle-do).

The roosters voice was so shrill the sun crow decided to leave the cave, now when ever roosters crow in the mornings, the sun crow emerges to greet them.

Red Rooster Baijiu Cocktail

45ml of V.I.P Jiu 8
3 mandarin segments
2 raspberries
2 teaspoons of strawberry syrup
1 raspberry
1 slice strawberry

Put the mandarin, 2 raspberries, sugar syrup into cocktail shaker, muddle, add V.I.P Jiu 8 and shake, the strain into a champagne flute, top with prosecco and garnish with raspberry and strawberry slice on cocktail stick.