The Japanese Art of the Cocktail
Masahiro Urushido & Michael Anstendig
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This handsome and detailed book showcases the Japanese cocktail aesthetic as it flourishes at Katana Kitten, a bar in NYC's West Village run by Japan-born Masahiro Urushido. Urushido's reputation encompasses both a meticulous attention to detail but also a whimsical playfulness evident in the bar's name.
The Japanese Art of the Cocktail is a serious bartender's book. Professional mixologists will have no trouble embracing drinks which require the likes of previously prepared syrups or sesame-oil washed whisky. In fact, specific drink recipes aside, this is a source of many imaginative ideas for drink components, from a shiso-quinine cordial to a walnut-based orgeat.
Good to see such a thorough address of this subject by someone very well respected in the field.
Hardcover. Color photographs throughout.