Hanamizaké Martini

Julia Momosé | Chicago

Hanamizaké Martini

During Shochu Week, bar tastemakers showcase their individual flavor and cocktail flair by incorporating shochu from different Japanese regionalities and ingredients into a special, limited-time cocktail menu—learn more and find a bar near you.

“The Hanamizaké cocktail is named after the nihonshu (Japanese sake) that we drink while sitting beneath the sakura for hanami (flower viewing),” Julia Momosé explains. “There is a belief that if a sakura blossom falls into your sake cup during hanami, that you will have good fortune.”

Here, spicy ginger shochu and woodsy Japanese gin are rounded out with a vermouth made with Japanese botanicals. The finishing touch: a pickled sakura garnish that signifies “a gentle wish for the good fortune of those who join us at the bar.”

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 ounces Rihei ginger shochu
  • 1 1/4 ounces Rihei ginger shochu
  • 1/4 ounce Hakuto gin
  • 1/4 ounce Hakuto gin
  • 1 1/2 ounces Hizo Otokoyama Tokubetsu Junmai sake
  • 1 1/2 ounces Hizo Otokoyama Tokubetsu Junmai sake
  • 1/2 ounce Mancino Sakura vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce Mancino Sakura vermouth
  • 2 dashes Suze red bitters
  • 2 dashes Suze red bitters

Garnish: shiozakura (salted sakura blossoms)

Directions
  1. Stir all ingredients with ice.
  2. Strain over shiozakura in a chilled cocktail glass.

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