Japanese Courage Recipe

Japanese Courage Recipe
Contributor
Japanese Courage Hot Toddy
Jim Meehan

Japanese Courage Hot Toddy

The name of this Japanese-influenced hot toddy is a play on "Dutch Courage," a 17th century nickname given to genever. This recipe, from Jim Meehan of PDT in New York, calls for a high-quality Okan sake that tastes best when warmed. Combined with the other aromatic ingredients, it's exactly the kind of cocktail you'll want to drink on a cold winter evening. - Maryse Chevriere

Ingredients

6 ounces Kamoizumi "Shusen" sake

1 ounce Bols Genever

1/2 ounce yellow chartreuse

1/4 ounce honey syrup (1 part honey, 1 part water)

1/4 ounce ginger liqueur, preferably Domaine de Canton

Directions

Heat the sake in a bain-marie, making sure not to let it boil.

Combine the warmed sake with the rest of the ingredients in a heat-proof mug.

Garnish with a lemon wheel spiked with six cloves.

Japanese Shopping Tip

Staples of Asian cuisine such as ginger, daikon, rice vinegar, and spicy chile sauces like Sriracha add bright, fresh flavors without lots of fuss.

Japanese Cooking Tip

Sriracha has good heat but also has flavor - its mild sweetness comes from sun-ripened chili peppers as well as sugar and garlic.