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Japanese cocktail

Japanese cocktail
Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times

The cocktail is "essentially an American contraption," writes David Wondrich in "Imbibe!," his new history/celebration of 19th century mixology: "How could it be anything but? It's quick, direct and vigorous. It's flashy and a little bit vulgar. It induces an ... Read more

Total time: 5 minutes | Serves 1
  • 1 tablespoon orgeat almond syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fee Bros. aromatic bitters
  • 2 ounces brandy
  • 1 to 2 lemon peel strips

Step 1Fill a small bar glass one-third full of ice, add the orgeat almond syrup, bitters, brandy and lemon peel and stir until mixed and cold. Serve immediately. Alternatively, combine the ingredients with a few cubes of ice in a cocktail shaker. Stir the cocktail and strain into a martini-type glass; serve immediately.

Note: Adapted from "Imbibe!" This cocktail, created by Jerry Thomas, was popular from the 1860s until Prohibition.

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