So, after working diligently on a Japanese-themed Bloody Mary, I thought, how about a non-brunch companion…
Instinctively I stayed with Sake as the base spirit. After having tasted through several Sake, I decided the Ty-Ku Black Label Sake was the best choice. Only 15% alcohol, but with a nice, slightly sweet up tick and a perfect rice wine character, the Black Label proved to be the most seductive mixing partner. Thinking about a nice bittersweet element, I decided to utilize Japanese Plum Wine as a nice foil. Ginger is ever-present in Japanese cuisine, so I went to Canton Liqueur as a spicy, sweet accompaniment. To give the cocktail a romantic and even more exotic flair, I chose Rose Water as a nice flavoring element.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present another Paul Malagrifa original – The Geisha:
2 oz. Ty-Ku Black Label Sake
1 oz. Canton Ginger Liqueur
1 oz. Japanese Plum Wine
1 tsp. Minced Ginger
2 dashes Rose Water
Combine the ingredients in a shaker with crushed ice. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a Luxardo Maraschino cherry.