An Artful Cocktail
A good bar can make up for bad drinks with great music, entertainment, or even just conversation with the bartender. But perfect cocktails are easy to come by in Japan, where a cultural devotion to detail and study makes masters in this delicate science. To try to recreate this experience at home, pick up the book Japanese Cocktails by Yuri Kato, available today online from Chronicle Books. Highlighting drinks made with sake, shochu, and Japanese whisky, this glamorous book gives a history of each drink, and a number of mouthwatering recipes that often include ingredients foreign to Westerners, including raw fish and potent spices. Even if your drink doesn’t come out like the photo, your tastebuds will be more than pleased. Japanese Cocktails by Yuri Kato-- $15 well spent.