101 Best New Cocktails: Cove by Takumi Watanabe, The Sailing Bar, Kibi, Sakurai, Nara, Japan

by Gaz Regan · Friday, December 19th, 2014 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2014


Takumi  Watanabe, The Sailing Bar, Kibi, Sakurai, Nara, Japan

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Cove Takumi  Watanabe

“It is 80 years since the founding of Nikka whiskey.  Mr.TAKETSURU, the founder, has been called the father of Japanese whiskey, and the distillery is located in the cove of Yoichi, town of Hokkaido, so I created with the image of the cove and also made for advertising and campaign.

“The cocktail is very simple.  I have a equation for making of cocktail: equal parts base sprits, vermouth, a mild bitter liqueur, and few bitters .  [In this drink I used] 1 tsp of bitters (but not too much) and base is Japanese whiskey,” Takumi  Watanabe

30 ml (1 oz) Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt Japanese whiskyCove

30 ml (1 oz) Cynar   30ml

30 ml (1 oz) Mancino Vermouth Secco

1 teaspoon Regans’ Orange Bitters No. 6

1 orange twist, as garnish

gaz sez:  Inspired!  And Japanese whisky will be see in more and more cocktails over the next 12 months.  Mark my words.

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