Our recommendation from an area pro
From Joe Renaud, Beverage Director, Home Grown Café
Japanese Old Fashioned
As our desire to try new libations expands, so does the selection of liquors available to do that with. Japanese whisky has slowly been infiltrating the market. I wanted to blend the “new,” while paying homage to the classic cocktails.
With that in mind, I took Japanese whisky, Asian pear, ginger root, and black walnut bitters. A twist on an Old Fashioned, but making it into something a bit more modern. What you end up with is a perfectly blended balance of flavors, highlighting spices mixed with a nutty yet sweet profile.
Things you’ll need:
• 2 oz. Japanese whisky ( I use Toki)
• 1 slice Asian pear
• 3 small slices of ginger
• 3 Sash Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters
Muddle all ingredients for about 2 minutes. Next, stir with ice until chilled. Strain into a fresh glass with new ice and garnish with a brandied cherry.
*Yes, Japanese whisky is spelled this way