101 Best New Cocktails: Osaka Smash by Ben Hammer, The Backhouse, Los Angeles, CA, USA

by Gaz Regan · Monday, May 19th, 2014 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2014

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Osaka Smash

Adapted from a recipe by Ben Hammer, The Backhouse, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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A variation on the whiskey smash.  I have featured this drink at two different bars that I worked at, and it was very popular.  I chose the name because Osaka, Japan is where Yamazaki [whisky] originates.

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3 Shiso leaves

1 small piece of ginger

45 ml (1.5 oz) Yamazaki 12-year-old single malt whisky

30 ml (1 oz) Domain De Canton Ginger Liqueur

Methodology: In a mixing glass, muddle lemon wedges, shiso leaves and ginger.  Add the Yamazaki and Canton.  Shake and strain into an ice filled rocks glass.  Candied ginger garnish.

gaz sez:  Yum yum yum yum yum.  Whisky of all stripes jives real well with ginger, and the lemon juice and shiso leaves add flare to the show in this pretty simple, yet extraordinarily complex cocktail.  Nicely done, Ben!

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