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 MIDORIs 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 westerners perception the traditional beverage of choice in Japan. Sour was also an important component because the drink needed to be sharp like Ogamis 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.
30 ml (1 oz) Midori Liqueur
30 ml (1 oz) Sake
15 ml (1/2 oz) Green Chartreuse
15 ml (1/2 oz) Lemon Juice
In a shaking glass, combine Midori, Sake, Green Chartreuse, Lemon Juice, and pulp of Passionfruit.
Fill up the glass with ice.
Loosely strain in a chilled martini glass.
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How To Make A Sake Based Cocktail - Shogun Assassin
Make sake based cocktail with this video . Give it a nice, beautiful garnishing flavor with passion fruit, and serve in big martini glass.