Thanks to the House of Suntory for its partnership with Half Full and sponsorship of this special edition of 10 Rounds
What inspired you to create this cocktail? “I was inspired to create a drink that showcases the citrus and tea flavors I found in Roku Gin while bridging the gap between the refreshingly delicate and the strong sophisticated. I also thought it was important to create a fun and easily reproducible drink that sets the stage for minimal future prep at home! “
When would you be drinking this? “I really think this drink works well in an aperitif format, a strong late night or as a side drink to chill out anywhere.”
What music would you associate it with? “I can see myself enjoying this drink while listening to Anita O’Day.”
What food would you associate it with? “Raw oysters, fish dishes in butter, cheese courses to name a few. I think it would work well with kitchens that also use strong aromatic spices.
Name the person (dead or alive) for whom you want to prepare this cocktail. “After much thought, I would love to make this drink for Terry Gross. I think that would be fun.
What advice would you give to someone who makes this drink? “Take your time. This drink is easy, but still focused on the details. Make sure you taste it before pouring it into a chilled glass to make sure it’s perfect!”
Why do you think Roku® Gin works so well in this recipe? “Its plants give a wonderful floral and tea aroma. It’s both delicate and strong enough to stand out against all the ingredients.
How do you explain the recent rise in popularity of Japanese spirits in America? “I think the exposure to Japanese spirits came after winning so many awards in recent years, at least that’s when I remember starting to pay attention to it. It’s really cool to see what Japanese distilleries use in terms of flavor and innovation, and I think there’s a lot of interest in it.
Which book on cocktails or spirits is your favorite resource? “It’s hard to choose just one!”
What is your favorite piece of barware? “My wife bought me a personalized Laguiole wine key with a rosewood handle. I always have it in my pocket.
By Patrick Orlovsky
- 1.5 parts of Roku® Gin (order from Drizly)
- 1 part of white vermouth
- .25 part herbal liqueur
- .25 part of maraschino liqueur
- 2 bitter orange dashes
- 8-10 drops of citric acid solution (optional)
- Garnish: lemon zest
- Glass: Cocktail
Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon zest.
The interview has been condensed and edited.
Gin Roku®, 43% Alc./Vol. © 2020 Beam Suntory Import Co., Chicago, IL. Drink responsibly.
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