Lightly roasted black and white sesame seeds
50ml Hibiki Harmony
10ml Bols Apricot Brandy Liqueur
10ml Egg white
20ml Black sesame lemon royal tea cream
Approx 60ml Calpis (calpico) soda (10:1)
Shaken - served fizz style.
THE STORY BEHIND THE COCKTAIL NAME
Doing anything on your own is scary. Doing something in another country that doesn't speak your language is scarier. Traveling is a big part of a lot of people's lives, mine especially, and there's always a couple key moments on your first trip alone that you will remember fondly forever. For me, a trip alone to Japan was so eye opening and inspiring I decided to make it into a drink; but there's one key moment while I wasn't alone that I'll look back on and smile at for the rest of my life. After experiencing a complete culture immersion for 10 days by myself, I met up with a friend and had a night in Niseko walking through a freezing cold blizzard. Over there you can buy a lot of good whisky in simple convenience stores; so what did we do to stay warm? Buy a flask of whisky and a hot royal milk tea! We then walked around in the snow for hours, talking about what I had experienced in the last 10 days. This drink is also a representation of the premise of the flavour 'umami'. A flavour that the Japanese invented, 'umami' meaning 'balance'; and in that moment, everything felt quite balanced. Explaining 'umami' more: umami itself is a savoury flavour; however, I have made quite a sweet drink. This is because I am trying to create the 'idea' of umami being a balance of flavours, rather than use the flavour itself. Citrus and cream should not go together. Citrus makes cream curdle. However, a Ramos gin fizz exists and it's delicious! Simply because of the balance of the drink. I have created a balanced fizz, using all Japanese flavours and ingredients (twisting them in ways they are not usually used! Eg: sesame is usually a very much so savoury flavour) that inspire me. Creating the idea of umami and a delicious journey in a drink.