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It's always busy at Oki Doki, an izakaya, or Japanese pub-style restaurant, in a strip mall in Costa Mesa. Most nights, there are groups of students from nearby UC Irvine slouched outside the door, reading Japanese comic books or playing ... Read more

Total time: 5 minutes | Serves 1
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 ounces shochu
  • 1ounce ginger ale
  • Splash of cherry syrup or grenadine
  • 1 (3-inch) matchstick-thin ginger stick for garnish

Step 1Place the minced ginger in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle, then add cracked ice to fill halfway. Add the shochu, ginger ale and cherry syrup or grenadine. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the ginger matchstick.

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