“The current mainstream of Japanese cocktail making is to combine the spirits with fresh ingredients, rather than using liqueur or flavored syrup” says barman Naofumi Yokoyama of his two-and-a-half-year-old Bar Entrust, the Third Place in Tokyo’s Ginza neighborhood. He offers a concise collection of cocktails built from pristine seasonal fruit, like this cocktail made with fresh strawberries.
This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Secret to Neo-Japanese Bartending Is Fresh Fruit.”
- 3 Fresh strawberries, quartered
- 1 oz Gin, vodka, rum or tequila
- 3/4 oz Strawberry liqueur
- 1/2 oz Cranberry juice
- 1/4 oz Fresh lime juice
- Garnish: Strawberry slice
In a shaker, muddle the strawberries to release juice.
Add the remaining ingredients with ice and shake.
Strain into a coupe or Nick & Nora glass.
Garnish with a strawberry slice (optional).