For most people, the yakuza (members of Japan’s violent, mafia-esque crime syndicate) inspire fear. For the bartenders at Michael Mina’s Pabu in San Francisco, they inspire an appropriately secret cocktail menu.
Rolled up and stashed in a whiskey bottle behind the bar (so only those in the know will spot it and ask to see it), the Yakuza menu features six three-ingredient cocktails all made with a Japanese whiskey, tea and a modifier. It’s not just the secretive nature of the menu that connects back to the yakuza. The cocktail names are all inspired by parts of yakuza culture, lore and history.
Here, the full secret Yakuza menu at Pabu: