Mojito Nihongo Cocktail

This mojito has Japanese influences

Another drink by Robert E. Wilkes, this cocktail is another twist on the classic mojito, this time substituting Japanese shiso leaves for the mint, sweet sake (mansaku no hana) for the rum, and using Sprite instead of club soda. Nihongo is the Japanese word for, well, "Japanese." I created this drink for a Teppanyaki restaurant in Tokyo and its very refreshing flavor profile is appreciated by locals and foreigners alike. 

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  • 1 squeezed lime
  • 0.5 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 shiso leaves
  • 1.5 Ounces sweet sake rice wine
  • 1 Cup Sprite
  • 1 shiso leaf for garnish


In a chilled Collins glass, add, in order, the lime, brown sugar, and 3 shiso leaves. Muddle until aromatic and well mixed. Add ice, then pour the sake over the ice. Top with Sprite and garnish with a whole shiso leaf. 

Mojito Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Mojito Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.