Japanese Old Fashioned

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This a Japanese Old Fashioned cocktail perfect for people who love fancy and classic cocktails.

This is a Japanese version of the classic Old Fashioned, Made with Hibiki as a base ingredient with Angostura bitters and orange bitters.

This is the second old-fashioned drink I’ve featured on my blog. Previously, I shared the Old Overholt Cocktail, which highlights Old Overholt Rye Whiskey. My husband particularly enjoys this type of cocktail, so I crafted this Japanese Old Fashioned especially for him. I wanted to create a fresh and unique twist on the classic recipe to surprise and delight him.

You can make your syrup easily by dissolving sugar and water, and for the Japanese whiskey, you can use any brand you like.

What is Japanese Old Fashioned?

The Japanese Old Fashioned as from the name is the Japanese version of the classic Old Fashioned drink. It’s made with Japanese whiskey instead of bourbon or rye whiskey. Japanese whiskey is known for its smooth and delicate flavors. To make it, you mix Japanese whiskey with a little sugar and a few dashes of bitters. The drink is different from the classic Old Fashioned which gives it a unique taste that’s not as strong but good to have.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Japanese whiskey (such as Hibiki or Yamazaki) I used Hibiki.
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 1 dash of orange bitters
  • Orange peel, for garnish

Kitchen Equipment Needed

To prepare the Japanese Old Fashioned, you’ll need:

  • Mixing glass
  • Bar spoon
  • Jigger (measuring tool)
  • Hawthorne strainer
  • Rocks glass
  • Ice cube tray for large ice cubes

How to Make Japanese Old Fashioned?

Step 1:

In a mixing glass, carefully pour in 2 ounces of Japanese whiskey, 1/4 ounce of simple syrup, 2 dashes of Angostura bitters, and 1 dash of orange bitters.

Step 2:

Fill the mixing glass with some ice. stir the mixture for about 30 seconds.

Step 3:

Place a large ice cube into your rock glass. Using a Hawthorne strainer, carefully strain the chilled cocktail from the mixing glass into the rocks glass. Garnish your drink with a fresh orange peel and Enjoy.

Some Tips!

  • Try to get the best high-quality Japanese whiskey, I used Hibiki But Yamazaki can work well too.
  • Make your own simple syrup by dissolving sugar and water.
  • Stick to traditional Angostura bitters and high-quality orange bitters for the best experience.
  • Try to Squeeze the orange peel over the drink to add a nice smell.

How to Store Leftovers?

Cocktails are best enjoyed fresh, but you can mix the ingredients ahead of time and keep them in the fridge for up to 24 Hours. Stir again before serving.

What to Eat this Japanese Old Fashioned?

You can enjoy the Japanese Old Fashioned with tasty snacks like nuts, cheese, or even some sweet treats like chocolate. These snacks go well with the smooth and gentle flavors of the drink. If you’re having it with a meal, try it with sushi or some Baked Wings, this type of meal complements the Japanese whiskey flavors nicely. Me and my husband love to enjoy it at night after a lovely dinner.

FAQ

How is Japanese Old Fashioned different from a regular Old Fashioned?

The Japanese Old Fashioned is made with Japanese whiskey instead of bourbon or rye. This gives it a different taste that’s smoother and gentler.

Can I use any Japanese whiskey for a Japanese Old Fashioned?

Yes, you can use any Japanese whiskey you like, such as Yamazaki, Hibiki, or Nikka. Each has its own special taste. I used Hibiki because it was what I had on hand when I made this cocktail.

What kind of sugar should I use in a Japanese Old Fashioned?

Use simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water dissolved together) or a sugar cube for sweetness.

Conclusion

The Japanese Old Fashioned is a cocktail that you need to make if you love Old Fashioned cocktails, is just a Japanese version, light and delicious, Don’t forget to share this recipe with your friends and family who love fine cocktails, and subscribe to my blog for more classic recipes

Japanese Old Fashioned

Recipe by CourtneyCourse: DrinksCuisine: JapaneseDifficulty: Easy
Servings

1

Cocktail
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking timeminutes
Calories

180

kcal
Total time

5

minutes

This Japanese Old Fashioned is especially for people who love old and traditional cocktails, blending Japanese whiskey with bitters and a touch of sweetness, So good and so fancy.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Japanese whiskey (such as Hibiki or Yamazaki) I used Hibiki.

  • 1/4 oz simple syrup

  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters

  • 1 dash of orange bitters

  • Orange peel, for garnish

Directions

  • In a mixing glass, carefully pour in 2 ounces of Japanese whiskey, 1/4 ounce of simple syrup, 2 dashes of Angostura bitters, and 1 dash of orange bitters.
  • Fill the mixing glass with some ice. stir the mixture for about 30 seconds.
  • Place a large ice cube into your rock glass. Using a Hawthorne strainer, carefully strain the chilled cocktail from the mixing glass into the rocks glass. Garnish your drink with a fresh orange peel and Enjoy.

Notes

  • Try to get the best high-quality Japanese whiskey, I used Hibiki But Yamazaki can work well too.
  • Make your own simple syrup by dissolving sugar and water.
  • Stick to traditional Angostura bitters and high-quality orange bitters for the best experience.
  • Try to Squeeze the orange peel over the drink to add a nice smell.
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Courtney (Mamas)

This blog is all about delicious easy-to-make recipes. I aim to make cooking enjoyable, especially for those who, like me, may not be expert chefs but have a love for trying new things in the kitchen.