What better way to relax after work than by enjoying a refreshing beverage? This summer, try out these fusion interpretations of some classic cocktails.

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MeNami’s bartender whipping up unique refreshments using Japanese ingredients


These cocktails make an impression not only with their delicious flavours, but also with their exquisite visual presentation.

Japanese Ingredients

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Matcha Drunken Tea

MeNami’s top-selling cocktail pairs draft sake with Malibu Rum to complement their frothy, premium matcha, with an added cream mix for an extra-velvety texture. ($9)

 

 

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Yuzu Mojito

This summer favourite mixes rum with yuzu sake and lemon-lime mix for a burst of citrusy flavour, finished off with tonic water and garnished with mint leaves. ($11)

 

 

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Bamboo

This easy-drinking cocktail has a unique look with a real bamboo leaf. The main ingredient is white wine mixed with melon liqueur, lychee juice and soda. ($7.90)

 

 

 

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Cherry Blossom

Even though cherry blossom season is over, you can still enjoy its beautiful colours in this blend of red wine, peach schnapps, crème de cassis and lemon- lime soda. ($7.90)

 

 

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Shiso Mojito

Instead of using regular mint leaves, this cocktail mixes shiso leaf with Bacardi Rum, fresh lime and 7 Up to add a little bit of sweetness. ($13)

 

 


Immerse yourself in authentic Japanese flavours by relaxing on a local patio with one of these stunning fusion drinks.

Japanese Fusion Cocktails

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Kyoto Sour

This popular beverage uses Tozai “Living Jewel” Junmai Sake, Mirin (rice wine), yuzu, Calpico (soft drink) and fennel seeds, with egg whites making the beautiful layer of froth. ($14)

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Okinawan Margarita

Besides tequila, this margarita attracts with umeshu (plum liqueur) by Nanbu Bijin and a variety of fruity ingredients: fresh lime, yuzu, blood orange zest and rhubarb-lime bitters, mixed with shiso and agave syrup. ($14)

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This smooth rendition of a London Fog consists of Tsukasabotan yuzu sake from Tosa, Earl Grey infused Beefeater Gin, orange bitters and fresh lemon, with some extra Earl Grey on the rim. ($15)

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Immerse yourself in authentic Japanese flavours by relaxing on a local patio with one of these stunning fusion drinks.

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Hello Kitty

This cocktail is as sweet as it looks—mixing vodka, Calpico (a Japanese soft drink) and house-made strawberry purée for a light blend that is easy to drink. ($12)

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Lost in Translation

This strong, smoky martini includes Havana Club seven-year-old rum, Wiser’s Legacy Whisky, Drambuie and Green Chartreuse that have matured in a barrel for a month. ($15)


RESTAURANT INFO

MeNami

www.menami.ca
5469 Yonge St., Toronto
416-229-6191
OPEN HOURS: Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 am • Sun 11:30 am–12 am

Matcha Drunken Tea, Yuzu Mojito

Hapa Izakaya

www.hapatoronto.com
602 College St. W., Toronto  | 647-748-4272
OPEN HOURS: Daily 4 pm–2 am

Shiso Mojito, Rising Sun, Hello Kitty

 

Kinka Izakaya North York

www.kinkaizakaya.com
4775 Yonge St., Unit #114, North York  | 647-346-6246

OPEN HOURS: Lunch: Daily 11:30 am–2:30 pm • Dinner: Mon–Thurs, Sun 5 pm–11:30 pm, Fri–Sat 5 pm–12:30 am

*Visit website for more locations

Bamboo, Cherry Blossom

 

ki modern japanese + bar

kijapanese.com
181 Bay St., Toronto | 416-308-5888
OPEN HOURS: Lunch: Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4 pm • Dinner: Mon–Sat 4 pm–11 pm • Cock- tail bar: Mon–Sat 4 pm–1 am • Sun closed

Kyoto Sour, Okinawan Margarita, Tokyo Fog, Lost in Translation