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Japanese Cocktail Recipe

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Classic Japanese Cocktail

Japanese Cocktail

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The Japanese Cocktail was invented by Jerry Thomas and appeared in his 1862 bartending guide How to Mix Drinks or The Bon-Vivants Companion. Originally, lemon peels were stirred with the other ingredients in the rocks glass and it was served over ice. Over the years small things were replaced and we now have a cocktail with lime juice that is served straight up.

There is nothing Japanese about this drink and the story behind the name implies it was inspired by the first Japanese representatives to the United Nations who roomed near Thomas' bar.

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail



  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with a lime peel.

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 3 out of 5
Marginally Better, Member fkdiii

The first version (the original?) I tried with muddled lemon peel, bitters, and orgeat was too sweet for my taste. This recipe is marginally better with the lime juice somewhat offsetting the syrup. While I was intrigued by the complexity of the flavors and finished it to the last drop, I'm not likely to make it again

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