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When most people think of Japanese alcohol, our minds automatically jump to Sapporo, sake bombs, and nights spent aimlessly wandering around town after unwisely gulping down too much of both within a two-hour timespan. Well, prepare for your mind to be blown Pioneers, because this Whiskey Wednesday we are enjoying the Kyushiki, or the Japanese Old Fashioned.
The Kyushiki is made with kuru sato, or black sugar, and is found frequently in Japanese baking. It’s this particular ingredient that makes the Japanese Old Fashioned so popular. The kuru sato adds spice and a rich molasses flavor to the traditional Old Fashioned, making it the ultimate cocktail to enjoy on a rainy February night like tonight. It pairs equally as well with a spicy tuna roll as it does a juicy burger – so get mixin’!
Ingredients (for Kuru Sato-Ginger Syrup):
4 oz. kuru satu
½ cup grated ginger
Ingredients (for cocktail):
3 oz. Lost Republic bourbon
1 cube kuru satu
2 slices ginger
2 dashes Angostura bitters
¾ oz. kuru sato-ginger syrup
Orange peel for garnish
First, you have to make the syrup. To do this, combine sugar with ginger and 8 oz. of water. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce the heat to a simmer; cook for five minutes. Remove from heat and steep ginger for another five minutes. Strain mixture and chill. (This makes about 1 cup)
Next, make the actual cocktail. In a cocktail shaker, muddle sugar cube, ginger, and bitters. Add syrup and Lost Republic bourbon. Then stir and strain into a rocks glass over ice. Finally, add an orange peel for garnish.