The Joko Cocktail
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About this Cocktail

A tip of the hat to Japan’s former Emperor Akihito, who recently abdicated and is now dubbed “Joko” or Grand Emperor. A crisp, dry Japonica-inspired (real) wasabi infusion.

Ingredients:
  • 3 oz. wasabi-infused St. George terroir gin
  • .75 oz. dry Ginjo sake
  • 2 dashes plum bitters
  • 2 drops rose water
Preparation:

Basically a martini riff. Stir and serve up in a chilled martini glass. I lined the bottom with loose saffron, which gives it the really cool effect from the picture when pouring, but settles at the bottom pretty quickly, giving it a funky birds nest sort of look and slowly turns the drink a lush saffron gold color.

WASABI INFUSION
Combine .5L gin and 2-3 wasabi roots, sliced, into a bottle and let it infuse for about 3 days. Stir the bottle occasionally to spread out the flavor. Keep refrigerated after the infusion.

The actual wasabi root was pretty hard to come by. I used www.oregoncoastwasabi.com which worked out great with fast shipping and fresh produce.

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Keith Monzingo

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