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The Japanese

Presented by Liquor.com and Hennessy VSOP Privilège

Virgin Hotels Chicago’s Jon Harris gives new life to an overlooked classic. This is how he adds his personal touch to the cognac cocktail.


  • 2 oz Hennessy VSOP cognac
  • .5 oz Sesame orgeat*
  • 2 dashes Dr. Adam Elmegirab’s Teapot bitters

Glass: Martini
Garnish: Lemon peel

Add all of the ingredients to a shaker, and fill with ice. Shake and strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.

*Sesame orgeat: Add .5 cup of black sesame seeds to a small skillet over medium heat, and toast for 90 seconds. Set aside and let cool. Add 2 cups of boiling water and 3 cups of sugar to a bowl and stir until dissolved. Transfer the syrup and sesame seeds to a blender and blend for 1 minute. Refrigerate the mixture overnight. Skim off any oils or solids that have floated to the surface and strain the mixture through a cheesecloth-lined fine-mesh sieve, discarding the solids. Stir in .5 mL of Amoretti Cherry Blossom (Sakura) extract and .25 mL of Amoretti Wild Strawberry extract. The orgeat will keep for at least 1 month in the refrigerator.

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