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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. 

This article was originally published on bevvy.com.


  • 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.