Japanese Cocktail

The Japanese Cocktail was first introduced in Jerry Thomas' 1862 book "The Bar-Tender's Guide", and has been a classic around the world ever since.

History of the Japanese cocktail

The Japanese Cocktail is a classic cocktail that was first introduced in Jerry Thomas’ 1862 book “The Bar-Tender’s Guide”. It is made with cognac, orgeat syrup, and bitters, and is said to have been inspired by the arrival of the first Japanese delegation to the United States in 1860. The cocktail was created to honor the delegation’s visit and is often described as a fusion of American and Japanese flavors. The Japanese Cocktail has been a popular drink in bars around the world ever since.

Japanese Cocktail

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Recipe by Julian Solorzano Cuisine: Classic CocktailDifficulty: Easy ????




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  • 2 Ounces Martel VSOP Cognac

  • .50 Ounces Orgeat

  • 3 Dashes of bitter truth bogart bitters

  • Lemon zest coin for garnish


  • Assemble the ingredients (except the garnish) in an old fashioned glass with ice and stir well.
  • Express the oil of the lemon zest coin over the drink and drop it in.

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Written by Chris Harris, Staff Writer

Howdy. I’m Chris Harris. One of the writers here at Cocktail Hammer. I have a passion for all things food, wine, and mixology. When I’m not I’m behind the bar or writing for this awesome blog, you can find me riding my bike all across New York City.

Edited by Julian Solorzano, Staff Editor

Hailing from Queens, New York, Julian Solorzano served four years in the United States Air Force, traveling throughout Europe and experiencing the best of the local cultures, including their passion for good food and wine. He has since grown an appreciation for all things wine and mixology. Julian fuses that passion with his skills in writing, photography, and video production to share his passion with the world.

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