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April 23, 2012Posted by on
I went on a prolific sake kick the other day and made so many new drinks that Bourbon is my Spinach will be putting out a short series of sake based cocktails. For part one, I present the Lotus-eaters, a sweet, earthy, and close-your-eyes-in-insouciance-for-the-external kind of drink:
noun: a person who leads a life of dreamy, indolent ease, indifferent to the busy world; daydreamer.
- 2 oz nigori sake (I used Rihaku Dreamy Clouds)
- 1/2 oz dry vermouth
- 1/2 oz honey lavender syrup (equal parts honey and strong lavender tea)
- 1 dash orange bitters
- 1 dash black peppercorn/rosemary/grapefruit bitters
- 2 slices cucumber
Muddle the cucumber into the sake and vermouth, add bitters and syrup, stir over ice and strain into chilled white wine glass, garnish with a lemon twist or floated cucumber slice. I recommend a wine glass so that the drink can be swirled as the solids in the sake will eventually start to sink to the bottom, though, the cocktail will also work in a coupe or cocktail glass.