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The Strawberry Samurai: A Fruity and Balanced Whiskey Cocktail

The Strawberry Samurai: A Fruity and Balanced Whiskey Cocktail
  March 29, 2024

The Strawberry Samurai: A Fruity and Balanced Whiskey Cocktail

The Strawberry Samurai offers a delightful twist on the classic Japanese Whiskey Highball.  This recipe incorporates muddled strawberries and a touch of sweet vermouth for a fruity and balanced cocktail that's perfect for any season.


2 ounces Japanese Whiskey (blend or lighter single malt recommended)

1/2 ounce Sweet Vermouth

3-4 Fresh Strawberries (hulled and halved)

Soda Water (to top)

Orange Twist (for garnish)

Hibiki Harmony Limited Edition 750ML


Chill your glass: Place a highball glass in the freezer for at least 15 minutes.

Muddle the strawberries: Add the halved strawberries to the chilled highball glass and muddle them gently with a bar spoon to release their juices and fragrance. Don't over-muddle, as you don't want the mixture to become cloudy.

Add whisky and vermouth: Pour the Japanese whisky and sweet vermouth into the glass with the muddled strawberries.

Fill with ice: Pack the glass with ice cubes.

Top with soda: Gently top the drink with soda water, letting it cascade down the side of the glass to avoid disturbing the ingredients.

Garnish time: Express the oils from an orange twist by twisting it over the drink and discarding the peel. Add the twist to the glass for a touch of citrusy aroma.


Use fresh, ripe strawberries for the best flavor. Frozen strawberries can be used in a pinch, but they will add more liquid to the drink and dilute it slightly.

A blend or a lighter single malt whisky works well in this recipe. Avoid using a heavily peated whisky, as the smokiness might overpower the delicate strawberry flavor.

Sweet vermouth adds a touch of sweetness and complexity to the drink. Experiment with different brands of sweet vermouth to discover your favorite flavor profile.

Adjust the amount of soda water depending on your desired level of dilution and sweetness.

Don't skip the orange twist! The citrus oils add a bright touch that complements the sweetness of the strawberries.

The Strawberry Samurai is a refreshing and flavorful cocktail that marries the smooth character of Japanese whisky with the vibrant taste of strawberries. It's a perfect balance of sweet, tart, and citrusy notes, making it a delightful choice for any occasion. So, raise a glass, savor the taste of the Samurai's spirit, and enjoy!