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Toji Moon Cocktail

Toji Moon Cocktail
  April 23, 2024

Toji Moon Cocktail

The Toji Moon cocktail is a beautiful and unique drink that celebrates the winter solstice in Japan, known as Tōji. Here's what you'll need to create this festive beverage:

Ingredients:

¾ ounce Benedictine liqueur

1 ounce Yuzu juice (freshly squeezed is ideal)

¼ ounce Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)

¼ ounce Red bean syrup

1 barspoon Yuzu marmalade

1 ½ ounces Nigori sake (unfiltered sake with a cloudy appearance)

1 egg white

Freshly grated nutmeg (for garnish)

Lotus root wheel (optional garnish)

Instructions:

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the Benedictine liqueur, yuzu juice, lemon juice, red bean syrup, and yuzu marmalade. Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds to  chill and  blend the flavors.

Strain the vibrant mixture from step 1 into a separate container using a fine-mesh strainer. This will remove any pulp or large pieces of marmalade from the drink.

In a clean cocktail shaker add the nigori sake and egg white.  Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds to create a thick and foamy layer.

Pour the strained Benedictine mixture into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice.

Gently pour the frothy sake mixture on top of the Benedictine mixture in the rocks glass. This will create a beautiful layered effect.

Grate fresh nutmeg over the top of the drink for a touch of winter spice.

If you have a lotus root wheel, add it as a garnish for an extra festive touch.

Tips:

Yuzu is a Japanese citrus fruit that can be difficult to find outside of Asian grocery stores. You can substitute another citrus juice like grapefruit or lime, but the flavor profile will be slightly different.

Red bean syrup can also be difficult to find. You can substitute with grenadine syrup, but the flavor won't be quite the same.

If you're vegan or have an egg allergy, you can omit the egg white. The drink will still be delicious, but it won't have the same frothy top.

The red bean syrup and yuzu marmalade add sweetness. If you prefer a less sweet drink, use a smaller amount of these ingredients or omit the marmalade altogether.

Enjoy Responsibly!

The Toji Moon cocktail is a festive and flavorful drink, perfect for celebrating the winter solstice or enjoying on any special occasion. Remember to enjoy responsibly and be mindful of the alcohol content.