“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. Slideshow: Reinvented Classic Cocktails
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