The Ultimate Party Drink: The Japanese Cocktail

The Ultimate Party Drink: The Japanese Cocktail


The Japanese Cocktail is a refreshing and flavorful drink made with Cognac, Lime Juice, and Orgeat Syrup. This cocktail is perfect for summer sipping and can be easily customized to your liking. Whether you prefer your drinks on the sweeter side or with a little more kick, the Japanese Cocktail is a delicious and easy-to-make option that is sure to please.

The History of the Japanese Cocktail

The Japanese Cocktail was first created in the 1860s by Jerry Thomas, the "father of American mixology." Thomas was a popular bartender who traveled across the country, sharing his unique recipes and bartending techniques with others. The Japanese Cocktail was one of his most popular drinks, and it soon became a staple at bars and parties across America.

While the exact origin of the cocktail's name is unknown, it is believed to be based on the Japanese word for "cocktail," koktai. This theory is supported by the fact that many of the ingredients used in the drink, such as lime juice and orgeat syrup, were commonly used in Japanese cuisine at that time.

What Does the Japanese Cocktail Taste Like

The Japanese Cocktail is a sweet and tasty drink that is perfect for any occasion. Cognac, Lime Juice, and Orgeat Syrup are combined to create a well-balanced cocktail that is both flavorful and refreshing. The Cognac provides a smooth and mellow flavor, while the Lime Juice adds a tart and juicy note. The Orgeat Syrup rounds out the drink with a touch of sweetness. The Japanese Cocktail is a versatile drink that can be enjoyed on its own or mixed with other ingredients to create a unique and flavorful concoction.

Japanese Cocktail

How To Make The Japanese Cocktail Recipe

Tip: Use the Barsys Coaster for an elevated cocktail-making experience!


  • 2 oz Cognac
  • 0.5 oz Lime Juice
  • 0.5 oz Orgeat Syrup
  • Ice


Cocktail Glass


Angostura Bitters


Preparation time without the Barsys Coaster: 3 - 5 minutes

  1. In a cocktail shaker with ice, add Cognac, Lime Juice, and Orgeat Syrup.
  2. Stir and strain in a Cocktail Glass.
  3. Garnish with a few dashes of Angostura Bitters and serve!

Optional: A mixing glass is a perfect substitution for a cocktail shaker.

Tips on How to Craft The Best Japanese Cocktail

  • Start with high-quality cognac. This will be the main flavor of your drink, so it's important to use a good-quality spirit.
  • Use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Orgeat Syrup is a key ingredient in this drink. It's made from almonds and has a rich, nutty flavor. If you can't find Orgeat Syrup, you can substitute it with simple syrup, or honey.
  • Cognac is a type of brandy, so feel free to substitute it with your favorite brandy or Japanese whiskey.
  • If you prefer a sweeter drink, add an extra half ounce of Orgeat Syrup or rim your glass with white or brown sugar.
  • For a more boozy drink, increase the amount of Cognac to three ounces.
  • Add a splash of ginger beer or ginger syrup to change up the drink.
  • Garnish with a lemon peel, a twist of lime, or a cherry for extra flair!

Recommended Cognac Brands

  • Hennesy
  • Camus
  • Rémy Martin

What Foods Pair Well with The Japanese Cocktail?

The Japanese Cocktail is a refreshing and sophisticated drink that can be enjoyed on any occasion. Whether you are hosting a dinner party or simply enjoying a night in, this drink is sure to please.

But what do you serve with it? We've put together a list of some of our favorite foods that pair well with the Japanese Cocktail.


This classic Japanese dish is the perfect complement to the refreshing flavor of the Japanese Cocktail. The coolness of the cucumber and avocado in sushi rolls will refresh your palate after sipping on the cocktail.

Chicken Teriyaki

The sweetness of the teriyaki sauce pairs perfectly with the citrusy flavors in the Japanese Cocktail. Chicken teriyaki is a hearty dish that will leave you satisfied after enjoying a few mix drinks.


Fried foods always pair well with cocktails and tempura is no exception. The light and crispy batter of tempura shrimp or vegetables is the perfect contrast to the richness of the Japanese Cocktail.


Grilled chicken skewers are another great option to present with the Japanese Cocktail. The smoky flavor of the chicken pairs nicely with the sweetness of the drink.


Fresh fruits like grapes, strawberries, or oranges are a great way to cleanse your palate after sipping on the Japanese Cocktail. The sweetness of the fruit will also complement the flavors in the drink.

These are just a few of our favorite foods that pair well with the Japanese Cocktail. No matter what food you choose to serve, we're sure you'll enjoy sipping on this delicious drink.

In Conclusion

In conclusion, the Japanese Cocktail is a sweet mixed drink that is perfect for any celebration. Made with just a few simple ingredients, it is easy to make and can be enjoyed by everyone. So next time you are looking for a new cocktail to try, be sure to give the Japanese Cocktail a try. You won't be disappointed!


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