The "Big Apple" cocktail at Koi in SoHo's Trump Hotel was created in honor of both the fall season and National Sake Day, which is celebrated today, October 1. Muddled apple, Asian pear, mint and basil provide an acidic fruit-based element along with an herbal aroma. The Junmai sake, balanced with lemon, charred oak Mount Gay Black Barrel rum and a splash of simple, brings out the flavors of the fruit and herbs to create a fruitful yet earthy cocktail. Try pairing it with light sushi, such as fluke, red snapper and tuna belly.
- 1 slice apple
- 1 slice Asian pear
- 1 mint leaf
- 2 basil leaves
- 2 ounces sake
- 1 ounce Mount Gay Black Barrel rum
- 1/2 ounce St. Germaine
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- splash of simple syrup
- Muddle apple, pear, mint and one basil leaf in shaker.
- Add ice and spirits and shake vigorously.
- Dust with cinnamon and serve in a rocks glass. Add a basil leaf for garnish.
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