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Japanese Cocktail in 7 Simple Steps

Japanese Cocktail Recipe

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The Japanese Cocktail recipe stays true to the original definition of a cocktail – spirit, bitters and sweetener…although I did think it was too sweet so when I make it next time, I would reduce the orgeat ever so slightly.

The cocktail is featured in Jeffery Morgenthaler’s book, The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique and apparently it was originally created by Jerry Thomas to commemorate the visit of a Japanese dignitary to New York.

How to make a Japanese Cocktail

Bar Equipment Needed

How to make a Japanese Cocktail

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  • 60 mL Cognac
  • 15 mL Orgeat
  • 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters


  • Add ice to your mixing glass
  • Add the cognac, orgeat and bitters
  • Stir for 20 seconds
  • Strain into a chilled coupe
  • Garnish with a twist of lemon
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