Miyazaki Martini

Thomas Waugh, Major Food Group | Bay Area

Inspired by the robust, nutty flavor of Kiroku sweet potato shochu, this is Thomas Waugh’s riff on the Espresso Martini. “The [Kuroki Honten] distillery is known for their use of black koji, which gives the final product a robust, nutty, full-flavored taste,” Waugh explains. “I immediately thought coffee (cocoa, nuts), and naturally the Espresso Martini.” Using orgeat as a sweetener accentuates the richness of the shochu and results in a variation with more depth and heft than the classic. Bonus: “Espresso Martinis are way better with flavorful spirits.”


Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces Kiroku sweet potato shochu
  • 1 ounce espresso
  • 1/2 ounce Orgeat Works Heavy Duty Toasted Almond Syrup
  • 2 drops vanilla extract

Garnish: grated nutmeg

  1. Shake all ingredients with ice.
  2. Pass through a fine-mesh strainer into a small rocks glass.
  3. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

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