Japanese Cocktail – Original 1862 Jerry Thomas Recipe

Invented by Jerry Thomas in the 1860s, there is nothing Japanese about this cocktail. None of the ingredients are from Japan or have any association with Japan. Some sources say it is named this to commemorate the first representative of Japan coming to the United States in the 1860s after the United States forced them to open their boarders in 1853, but who the hell knows.

This is the original recipe for this cocktail as it uses Boker’s/Cardamom bitters, once Boker’s went out of business bartenders started using angostura bitters which taste completely different.

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Japanese Cocktail – Original 1862 Jerry Thomas Recipe

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

171

kcal
ABV

32%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a classic Japanese cocktail from the 1862 edition of the Bartenders guide by Jerry Thomas.

Ingredients

  • 2 dashes Cardamom Bitters

  • 15 oz Orgeat

  • 2 oz Brandy

Directions

  • Add Ice To Mixing Glass and combine all ingredients in the mixing glass.
  • Stir the ingredients for 20 – 30 seconds to properly chill and dilute the drink.
  • Strain into glass.

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