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Japanese
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A great cocktail recipe from the 1860s, this was originally served in a rocks glass with ice, but somewhere along the line it got altered to be served straight up ... more A great cocktail recipe from the 1860s, this was originally served in a rocks glass with ice, but somewhere along the line it got altered to be served straight up in a cocktail glass.
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Cognac
Garnish
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Lemon
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32% | 2.4 units *

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

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The Japanese cocktail presents a simplistic yet refined taste, seamlessly blending the robust warmth of Cognac with the sweet, nutty undertones of orgeat syrup. This vintage concoction, dating back to the 1860s, marries the cognac's deep fruity notes with the orgeat's almond flavor, creating a delightful balance in a cocktail that is both spirited and sophisticated.

Method
How to make a Japanese

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all the ingredients along with 15ml/half a shot of chilled water into a mixing glass with ice
Stir well
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with a lemon peel twist and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Stir  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  ·  Twist  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What is the flavor profile of the Japanese cocktail?

The Japanese cocktail offers a rich blend of flavors, characterized by the warm, fruity notes of cognac, complemented by the sweetness and subtle almond-like taste of orgeat syrup. This combination results in a cocktail that is balanced and slightly sweet, with a complex flavor profile that can be appreciated by both cognac lovers and those looking for a unique cocktail experience.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

Can the Japanese cocktail be customized?

Yes, the Japanese cocktail can be customized to suit personal taste preferences. While the traditional recipe calls for cognac and orgeat syrup, variations may include adjusting the ratio of these ingredients for a sweeter or stronger drink. Additionally, one could experiment with different types of cognac or add a dash of bitters for added depth. Garnishing with a twist of lemon peel or a cherry can also enhance the presentation and flavor.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What is the best occasion to serve the Japanese cocktail?

The Japanese cocktail, with its elegant presentation and refined taste, is perfectly suited for special occasions or as an after-dinner drink. Its sophisticated profile makes it an excellent choice for dinner parties, celebrations, or as a relaxing treat at the end of a long day. Its balance of sweetness and alcohol strength also makes it a good introduction for those new to cognac-based cocktails.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

How should the Japanese cocktail be served?

The Japanese cocktail should be served cold in a cocktail glass. It's not shaken but rather stirred to gently mix the ingredients while maintaining a smooth texture. The cocktail is traditionally served without ice to concentrate its flavors and aroma. Garnishing with a citrus twist or a maraschino cherry can add to its visual appeal and introduce a subtle additional flavor.

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history behind the name of the Japanese cocktail?

The Japanese cocktail does not have a direct link to Japan in terms of ingredients or origin. Instead, its name is believed to be a nod to the first recorded visit of a Japanese delegation to the United States in 1860. The cocktail was presumably created by Jerry Thomas, a legendary bartender in San Francisco, as a tribute to this event. Despite its name, the drink is a product of American cocktail culture and does not reflect traditional Japanese flavors or ingredients.

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