This vibrant drink was designed as a liquid representation of the classic samurai film “Shogun Assassin” that was released in the English speaking market in 1980, not long after the launch of MIDORI in the United States.
Similar to MIDORI’s start being inspired by a group of bartenders, the film was put together specifically for the American market from the first two of the famous “Lone Wolf and Cub” series of jidaigeki films.
So when this drink was coming together the intent was to reflect a diversity by combining the old and the new.
Sake seemed the logical base for the cocktail, as it is in every westerner’s perception the traditional beverage of choice in Japan.
Sour was also an important component because the drink needed to be sharp like Ogami’s sword yet graceful so I used both lemon juice and another great sour fruit, passionfruit, which also provided me with the perfect garnish in the black seeds.
The sweetness of the MIDORI is subtle here and plays perfectly with the Sake then the final component of herbal complexity with the addition of Chartreuse.
This is one cocktail that pleases on the attack.
Ingredients - Shogun Assassin - (1 glass)
|Any other ingredients (eg. ice cubes) are not included in the alcoholic content listed.|
Mixing Instruction - Shogun Assassin -
- Shake all the ingredients with ice then strain into the pre-chilled glass and serve.
- It is best to loosely strain this cocktail in order to get the passionfruit sedds to fall into the drink creating the garnish.
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