Japanese Cocktail

The Japanese Cocktail is similar to an Old Fashioned but with a rich and nutty twist. This is another Jerry Thomas original that appeared in the 1862 version of How to Mix Drinks. Oddly enough, the recipe calls for no Japanese ingredients. Jerry Thomas was frequently visited by a member of Japan’s first diplomatic mission to America. The diplomat, known to be out and about the town at night, spending time in Thomas’ bar was enough reason to create a cocktail in his honor.


  • 2 oz Cognac
  • 1/2 oz Orgeat
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Garnish: Lemon Peel


Fill a mixing glass or cocktail shaker half full of ice. Add cognac, orgeat, and bitters. Stir well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist lemon peel over the drink and drop in as a garnish.

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