Lynnette Marrero, Llama San and Llama Inn | New York

At Llama San, a restaurant specializing in the Peruvian-Japanese cuisine known as Nikkei, this Old-Fashioned variation was developed to showcase tamari caramel, made with tamari (a Japanese sauce made with fermented soybeans) and oat milk. The vegan, gluten-free “caramel” accommodates numerous dietary restrictions (“I have too many friends who are gluten-free,” Marrero jokes) while adding mouthwatering sweet, salty and umami flavors to the drink, which in turns draws out a “salted caramel–chocolate” note in the bourbon.


Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon
  • ½ ounce Tamari Caramel (see Editor’s Note)
  • 2 dashes Sweet Miso Tincture (see Editor’s Note)

Garnish: orange twist and lemon twist

  1. In a mixing glass, stir all ingredients with ice.
  2. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
  3. Garnish with orange and lemon twists.
Editor's Note

Tamari Carmel
Combine 2 tablespoons tamari sauce, 2 tablespoons demerara sugar and 1 tablespoon each coconut oil and oat milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly to melt the sugar. It will start to bubble; keep stirring for 1 minute. Turn off heat and allow to cool. Decant into a bottle for storage if not using right away.

Sweet Miso Tincture
Add 100 grams of white shiro miso to 750 ml house white rum. Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Double-strain with cheesecloth, transfer back to bottle, label and date. Refrigerate.