Traditional Japanese Mixology in the Spotlight as Renewed Interest in Classic Cocktails Grows Around the World
Japan has a rich history in spirits and for centuries the country’s expert mixologists have shown the world a deft hand at preparing delicious drinks. Today, this tradition is experiencing a renaissance in the form of classic cocktails that have become popular around the globe. Now, a new book by spirits expert Yuri Kato, brings the country’s exciting spirits story to life. Brimming with unexpected and exotic combinations, JAPANESE COCKTAILS showcases the sophistication, adventure and cosmopolitan sparkle of the nation’s varied drinks.
Spirits industry expert and publisher of CocktailTimes.com, Kato explores Japan’s cocktail heritage, collecting more than 60 recipes from classics to signature creations with a modern twist. A clear departure from classic American cocktails, the recipes feature exotic Japanese ingredients like Shichimi Togarashi Spice, Umeboshi, Yuzu fruit and Kabosu juice. In addition to unique ingredients, Japanese bartenders often use age-old mixing methods to create cocktails that many Americans might find unconventional. From mixing tools, to ice and elaborate garnishes, the craft of the cocktail is very detailed and rooted in tradition. Most attention is often paid to the garnish, which can demand more time than the actual cocktail.
Authentic recipes in chapters devoted to sake, shochu and Suntory’s Japanese whiskies allow at-home mixologists to re-create such favorites as Saké Eggnog or the Shiso Ume Mojito. Yuri’s own original creations are crafted in keeping with the spirit of Japanese cocktail culture and infused with other ingredients such as vodka, rum and tequila. New concoctions range from the Yuzu Bath and Melon CreamSoda, made with premium Midori melon liqueur, to the Bloody Mari-Chan and the Red Eye, made with Japanese beer.
“It is a privilege to share my love of Japanese culture and spirits with others,” says Yuri. “JAPANESE COCKTAILS has been a wonderful experience and I hope that all connoisseurs of fine food and drink will find much to enjoy between its covers.”
Teeming with interesting tidbits – including the history of Japan’s distinctive spirits, tips on finding key ingredients and sidebars that cover topics ranging from cherry blossom season and Tokyo’s fashion district, to the Tokyo Dome and Japanese gardens – JAPANESE COCKTAILS offers a unique glimpse into contemporary Japanese culture. JAPANESE COCKTAILS was made possible by Suntory, one world’s leading beverage companies, and is available wherever books are sold and from www.chroniclebooks.com.
Yuri Kato is a beverage alcohol consultant and has been a publisher of CocktailTimes.com for more than a decade. She frequently visits distilleries and judges cocktail competitions around the world. Yuri inherited her passion for the culinary arts from her mother and uncle, both chefs, who taught her about Japanese cuisine and spirits. Yuri was born in Yokohama, Japan and now lives in New York City and Denver.
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Suntory Ltd., founded in 1899, was the first company to introduce Western-style spirits to Japan, exporting a wide range of authentic Japanese whiskies and liquors to 35 countries, including the United States. Made with exceptional quality ingredients, these include Midori Melon Liqueur, Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky, Hibiki 12 Year Old Blended Whisky, Zen Green Tea Liqueur and Kuromaru Shochu, Japan’s traditional distilled spirit. With its head office in Osaka, Suntory Group comprises 170 companies operating in 17 countries.
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