"A Japanese cocktail is not just a drink that was invented in Japan... Nor does its definition come from the ingredients that go into the glass... A cocktail can only truly be 'Japanese' if it reflects the broader sense of harmony and interconnectedness that defines Japanese culture at large."
Born and raised in Japan, Julia Momose runs Kumiko in Chicago, a drinking spot held in high esteem by her fellow mixologists. In this handsome and thoughtful book, she express a cocktail philosophy that stands out for its comprehensive articulation.
That attention to detail is revealed in a full page's instruction on preparing a highball, in a calendar of microseasons that recalls the aesthetics of kaiseki meals, and in visually striking drinks, some of which express elemental minimalism while others embody exuberant playfulness.
To make the most of this book you will certainly need to stock your bar with spirits such as shochu and Japanese whiskies. But the resulting drinks will greatly expand your repertoire and even, perhaps, inspire some creativity of your own.
Hardcover. Color photographs throughout.