The cold weather during this time of the year is not at all friendly to us. Hot cocktails help us relax and warm up our bodies, and this month Victor Octavianus of Honshu Restaurant introduces the drink Hot Toddy made with Japanese whiskey, which will warm you to the bone.
Category: Blended whiskey
Base ingredient: Malt grain
Origin of production: Hiroshima Prefecture
Aging period: 3 years
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol content: 40%
Features: Crafted for the Japanese palate, Togouchi Whiskey is made by blending two whiskies that have completely different taste profiles. One is undiluted whiskey that has a mild sweetness with a mineral and grain taste, and the other is malt whiskey that has vanilla and chocolate tastes followed by a hint of peat. The result is a light and mild whiskey that boasts a refreshing aroma embraced by the scent of sweet, honey nut corn flakes. At the finish you will notice a touch of peat aroma.
Distributed by Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc.
“Togouchi” Hot Toddy
Cocktail recipe courtesy of Victor Octavianus of Honshu Restaurant
Hot Toddy is a traditional winter energy-boosting concoction that makes everyone happy. Victor Octavianus, mixologist from Honshu Restaurant in Jersey City, kindly shares this hot cocktail with a Japanese twist. “I choose Togouchi Whiskey to make this cocktail because it is a beautifully light and mild whiskey,” says Victor. It is not overpowering, yet it has enough presence in the cocktail. He uses Citron honey tea from Korea which also adds an Asian touch.
□ 1 bar spoon Citron honey tea
□ 3 oz boiling hot water
□ 1.5 oz Togouchi “premium” blended whiskey
□ Drop of Absinthe
□ Lemon wedge and lemon twist to garnish (optional)
1. Dissolve citron honey tea in hot water.
2. Add Togouchi Whiskey.
3. Add a dash or spray of Absinthe and stir.
4. Pour in a brandy glass and garnish with a lemon wedge and lemon twist (optional).
Established in 1918 as a sake brewery, today Chugoku Jozo is not only producing alcoholic drinks (sake, shochu, whiskey, and liquor) but also food, medical drugs and cosmetics. They avidly incorporates new technologies, and in 1967 they were the first in the sake industry to launch sake in paper packaging. Currently their factory is open to the public for touring, tasting and shopping. They also run a restaurant in Tokyo, allowing customers to enjoy products directly from their factory.
1-12-1 Sakurao, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima
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
TEL: 201-324-2788 | www.honshulounge.com