Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hibiki Toast- Japanese Twist on a Champagne Toast

With the chill in the air and the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about what cocktails to serve this holiday season. This year, try the road less traveled with a cocktail from the East. It wasn’t long ago that Sake was the only well known spirit from Japan. But now, the rest of the world is becoming aware of Japan’s remarkable prowess with whisky as Suntory’s Yamazaki and Hibiki brands catch on with aficionados. The whiskies are delicious neat and on the rocks – and especially in stylish cocktails.

Now, in-the-know Japanese women are popularizing a unique twist on the traditional holiday champagne toast: Hibiki whisky and sparkling water served in a flute.

Hibiki Toast
1. Prepare in wide-mouthed glass to open aroma or champagne flute
2. Put 2 or 3 ice cubes
3. Pour Suntory Hibiki 12-year-old
4. Pour cold Perrier softly or sparkling water
(Hibiki : Perrier = 1 : 3)
5. Stir with muddler once lengthways

Hibiki 12 year old blended whisky, combine several unique qualities to achieve worldwide acclaim in the realm of Japanese Whisky. Hibiki blended whisky uses a signature blending process which combines bamboo charcoal filtering with aging in plum liqueur casks and incorporates over 30 different whiskies in each blend. Suggest retail price, $55.

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