“It’s no secret that I’m a Japanophile,” says John deBary. He has studied the language since middle school and briefly lived in Kyoto. Many of the main ingredients in this drink come from East Asia: sake, shochu (a clear distilled spirit) and a little sour yuzu juice, from the Japanese citrus fruit.

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  • Ice
  • 3/4 ounce aquavit
  • 3/4 ounce barley shochu
  • 3/4 ounce daiginjo or ginjo sake
  • 1/2 ounce fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 ounce yuzu juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cane syrup (see Note) or Simple Syrup

How to make this recipe

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all of the remaining ingredients and shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe.


Sweet, thick cane syrup is available at Whole Foods and cocktailkingdom.com.

Photo © Lucas Allen Published January 2012

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