The Izakaya Garden cocktail is a drink created with the fusion of flavors from the Asian culture with European ones. The drink was invented in 1878 by barman, Edward Taylor. Taylor used to work at one of Japan’s first Western-style hotels that specialized in serving drinks.
Taylor designed this new drink to be served as an appetizer to Japanese customers who were eating traditional kaiseki cuisine. It was made to mimic the flavors of both Chinese eggplant and smoked salmon which are common in Japanese dishes. It also used vanilla extract because it has a hint of sweetness and smokey flavor which goes well with the smoky flavor of Japanese whisky.
1 tsp fresh diced ginger
½ ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce simple syrup
4 – 5 mint leaves
2 ounce Hendrick’s Gin
1. Muddle cucumber and mint in a mixing glass.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients to shake with ice for 10 seconds.
3. Double strain into a chilled martini glass.
4. Garnish with cucumber speared with mint.
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