Japanese Cocktail


7. May 2015 by swizzzlestick

Of the thirteen cocktails in Jerry Thomas´s How to Mix Drinks, the Japanese Cocktail is most likely the only true Jerry Thomas original.

There´s nothing remotely Asian in the Japanese Cocktail – no sake rinse, no powdered Wasabi rim, no cherry blossom garnish.

Instead, Thomas created it to mark the occasion of the first visit to the United States by a group of Japanese delegates in June 1860. Fortunately for all parties involved and generations of imbibers to come, the group was staying at the Metropolitan hotel, just a block from Thomas´s popular bar, where the delegation surely indulged in a tipple or two.”, Brad Thomas Parsons writes in his book Bitters.


2 ounces Cognac, 1/2 ounce Orgeat, 3 dashes Boker´s Bitters, garnish: Lemon Twist


Stir ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with the lemon twist.

japanese cocktailNotes

A very pleasant sweet cognac drink with notes of lemons and almond flavors.


2 thoughts on “Japanese Cocktail

  1. Dan Robinson says:

    I have some Cognac left over from a box delivery, i’ll be sure to use it on this bad boy. looks amazing! Great post 🙂

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