Lemon, ginger, and the tart freshness of the kiwi fruit come together in this delectably crisp cocktail. Be sure to use ripe kiwis to give your cocktail the most flavour.
1 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
3/4 oz. lemongrass-ginger syrup
1/2 oz. soju
6 oz. dry sparkling sake, such as Zipang
1 thick slice of kiwi, cut into a square, for garnish
6" section of fresh lemongrass, cleaned and peeled, for garnish
Step 1: Add the peeled kiwi slices to a rocks glass along with the Lemongrass-Ginger Syrup and soju. Using a muddler, mash the kiwi.
Step 2: Fill the glass 3/4 full with ice. Top with the sparkling sake.
Step 3: Use a metal cocktail pick to make a hole through the square slice of kiwi. Thread the kiwi slice onto the lemongrass "spear" as a garnish.
Reprinted with permission from Maria C. Hunt's The Bubbly Bar (2009 Clarkson Potter).