By The Lady
The Gentleman has pretty gash darn lovely relatives. For his birthday this year, he received a bottle of Suntory Hibiki Whiskey direct from Japan. That’s right … 17 year old fancy Japanese Whiskey. How lucky is he? Iggy Azalea would be proud! As we hadn’t used this one yet, we figured the time was right to crack this beauty open. But the dilemma … what to mix it with? Well, have we got a surprise in store for you! We have been a little creative these past few weeks, and we figured ‘Why stop being daring when we are having SO MUCH FUN?!’. So, let us throw some FENNEL & CUCUMBER into a cocktail. You heard me … FENNEL & CUCUMBER!
Once you have done all your prep work in making the Fennel Syrup, it is actually a really quick and easy drink to make. The Domo Arigato has a delightful sweetness to it whilst still holding the alcoholic warmth from the whiskey. The Domo Arigato has an interesting smell with the fennel and the cucumber combining perfectly. As you sip away and catch wafts of the drink, you can catch a hint of each of these unique flavours. While this whiskey was a gift, it would otherwise be an expensive little drink. You might be a purist and think expensive whiskey should only be drunk straight, but we prefer to think it adds class and damn fine flavour to a fancy cocktail. We suspect that you may be able to substitute the whiskey for an inferior liquor, but it really was rather lovely and we recommend splashing out on this one. Personally, as somebody who usually dislikes brown spirits, I found this whiskey to be smooth and delightful. Plus this drink also helped us realise that big ass ice cubes are the bomb. They look impressive, provide a nice platform for garnishes, and melt slow to keep your drink cold but not diluted. Drinking trifecta!
My brother is a huge fan of whiskey and has force fed me a variety of them over the years. As we have both aged and matured, so too has the quality of the whiskey that he drinks. I believe both my brother, as well as The Gentleman’s brothers would appreciate this drink and its damn fine, oh-so-fancy contents. So, let us say “Domo Arigato” to all the awesome brothers out there!
(PS we don’t speak Japanese. At all. Can you tell?)