For the month of Hinamatsuri, Girls’ Day, in March, Victor Octavianus of Honshu Lounge shares a recipe for a girly cocktail using aged barley shochu, Kan no Ko.
Kan no Ko (3-year aged)
Category: Premium shochu
Origin of production: Kagoshima Prefecture
Base ingredient: Barley, barley koji
Method: Reduced pressure distillation
Alcohol content: 24% ABV
Features: Aged for 3 years in white oak barrels, it has a great depth of flavor that is reminiscent of refined, mild Scotch whisky. With a beautiful golden hue, it boasts a rich, soft taste and a hint of tropical fruit aromas. Enjoyed in versatile ways; cut with cold water, cut with hot water, on the rocks and cocktails.
Distributed by Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc.
Cocktail recipe courtesy of Victor Octavianus, Honshu Lounge
March 3rd is “Hinamatsuri”, Girls’ Day in Japan, which is celebrated in hopes of girls growing up healthy. Also called Momo no Sekku (the time of peach), people decorate with peach flowers on this day. Created by Victor Octavianus of Honshu Lounge in Jersey City, Pearly Jersey has a touch of peach flavor in its matured sweetness. “Sweetness comes from Xante Cognac, and I add Kan no Ko aged barley shochu and Sombre Mezcal for smokiness,” says Mr. Octavianus. This is a perfect cocktail for grown up girls.
Ingredients: Serves 1
– 1¼ oz Xante Cognac
– ½ oz Kan no Ko Shochu
– ½ oz Sombra Mezcal
– ¼ oz Peach Schnapps
– Club soda to fill the glass
1. Pour Xante cognac first in a tall glass with ice, then Kan no Ko shochu and Sombre mezcal.
2. Add peach Schnapps.
3. Fill up the glass with club soda.
4. Garnish with thinly sliced apple. (Optional)
Satsuma Shuzo Co., Ltd.
Located in Makurazaki City in Kagoshima Prefecture, Satsuma Shuzo is known for producing Satsuma Shiranami brand, one of the most beloved sweet potato shochus in Japan. The distiller cherishes traditional shochu making techniques that have been passed down for generations, and they use over 100 year old earthenware pots for storing shochu. In the “Meiji-gura”, refurbished old breweries from the Meiji Period (1868-1912), they are equipped with vintage wooden pot stills. In the U.S. market, Satsuma Shiranami brand and Kan no Ko brand are available from the distiller.
Honshu has been the staple sushi restaurant in Jersey City since 2005. It moved a few stone steps from the original location in 2015, where they started serving their equally scrumptious dishes in a more upscale space, with a full bar and terrace. Recently the restaurant was nominated among the 50 Best Sushi Bars in America by The Daily Meal.
95 Green St. (Grand & York Sts.), Jersey City, NJ 07302
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