On Valentine’s Day people want to drink something special, preferably an aphrodisiac. Bahman Soltani, owner of Cocoa Bar, shares his original chocolate cocktail, Sake Chocolatini, made using Draft Sake
Hakutsuru Draft Sake
Origin of production: Hyogo Prefecture
Rice milling rate: 70%
Alcohol content: 14%
Bottle size: 300 ml
Features: This draft sake, made by skipping the pasteurizing process before storing, has a fresh, dry and fruity taste profile. Aromas of sweet rice and nuts along with green melon, young coconut and light cream flavor are very pleasant on the palate. A good match with not only Japanese food like sushi and yakitori (chicken grilled on skewers), but also Western cuisine like croquettes or roast beef and Swiss cheese. Best enjoyed chilled.
Distributed by SakeOne www.sakeone.com
Cocktail recipe courtesy of Bahman Soltani, Cocoa Bar
Japan has a unique Valentine’s Day culture, where gifts given on the day of are always chocolate or chocolate-inspired items. Therefore V-Day and chocolate are inseparable for Japanese people, and chocolate cocktails are a must for Japanese grownups when celebrating this occasion. Sake Chocolatini, created by Cocoa Bar owner Mr. Bahman Soltani, has been a popular item at the cafe for a decade. In order to make this cocktail, he chose Hakutsuru Draft Sake as it has enough body to pair with chocolate while maintaining a fresh flavor. Chocolatey, nutty, and creamy with a touch of bitterness, this sake cocktail will sweeten your V-Day.
Ingredients: Serves 1
□ 1/2 scoop chocolate gelato
□ 4 oz Hakutsuru Draft Sake
□ Hazelnut syrup to taste
□ Coconut syrup to taste
□ Chocolate sauce to garnish
1. Put gelato, Hakutsuru Draft Sake, hazelnut syrup and coconut syrup into a shaker.
2. Shake well until gelato is completely mixed.
3. Draw a pattern with chocolate sauce on the bottom of a martini glass. (Optional)
4. Pour into the glass.
5. Garnish with chocolate sauce.
Hakutsuru Brewing Co., Ltd.
Hakutsuru (meaning “white crane”) is one of the oldest and largest sake breweries in Japan. Established in 1743 in Kobe’s famous Nada district, a major sake production area, the brewery has introduced numerous brands of sake, alcoholic beverages and products for centuries. As the leading sake production company, Hakutsuru is serious about handing down its sake culture and contributing to society. The Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (pictured above) shows the traditional sake production process by using life-size facilities which had been in use since the early 20th century.
5-5 Sumiyoshiminamimachi, Higashinada, Kobe
Hyogo, JAPAN 658-0041
+81-78-822-8901 | www.hakutsuru-sake.com
Serving premium chocolate drinks, wine and sweets, the Lower East Side’s Cocoa Bar has been chocoholics’ main destination for a decade. Made with the highest quality chocolates handpicked by the owner, Bahman Soltani, Cocoa Bar’s hot and cold chocolate drinks and cocktails, such as “Funky Monkey” Hot Chocolate and French Hot Chocolate, attract a wide audience and even visitors from overseas. It also serves savory crepes and sandwiches.
21 Clinton St., New York, NY 10002
TEL: 212-677-7417 | www.cocoabarnyc.com