Recommended liquor: So that you can start mixing your cocktails as soon as your box arrives, why not go get your bottle of Japanese whisky now? Each of this month's featured bartenders has a recommendation for you! Any of them will work well for all three recipes found in this box, depending on your preference:
“Suntory’s Toki Japanese whisky is an inspired choice because of its ease to mix with citrus and create a full-bodied drink,” says Kevin Diedrich. It's also priced perfectly, as to not break the bank!
Kaiyo Japanese whisky utilizes Japanese Mizunara oak in all their expressions, which brings a light subtropical flavor profile to the whisky, highlighting notes of banana, coconut, and toffee as well as the underlying vanilla and oak flavors found in any aged whisky. Greg Mayer has high praise for the brand, and for this box he recommends Kaiyo’s “the Single” 7 Year Mizunara Oak Whisky: “Kaiyo as a company focuses on the aging and blending process over distillation and goes through great lengths to ensure they create the best whisky possible.”
“Tottori Whisky is perfect for cocktails. With how rare and expensive most Japanese whiskies are, this blend of Japanese and Scottish distillates, finished in ex-bourbon barrels at a traditional shochu distillery, is a hidden gem and perfect for mixing.” raves Caer Maiko. It has notes of brioche, baking spice, pear, and caramelized sugar, which blends beautifully with these cocktails. It's slightly higher proof and sees more time in a barrel than many Japanese whiskies in its price range, making its oak-forward notes strong enough to stand up to both dilution and other ingredients.
Recommended amount: To make all 12 drinks, you'll need 22 oz of Japanese whisky; a medium (750 ml) bottle will be your best bet.
Recommended barware: A few different jiggers that measure 1/2, 1, 1 1/2, and 2 oz, as well as a strainer, shaker, citrus juicer or reamer, bar spoon, and mixing glass. These are not all strictly necessary, but will improve your mixology experience.
Recommended glassware: A highball glass; a coupe; and a rocks glass.
Recommended ice: To make all 12 cocktails in one go, you'll need about 5 pounds of ice (5 ice trays’ worth).
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