Exclusive House of Suntory Vodka Cocktails
Distilled from Japanese white rice and filtered through bamboo charcoal, Haku begins its life in Kagoshima and is distilled in Osaka. The word itself translates as “white”, but the kanji for haku can also be read as ‘brilliant’.
Until January 31, a series of limited-edition Haku cocktails will be available at a string of Sydney bars. CBD izakaya Kid Kyoto, for instance, is mixing sake, kombu brine, vermouth and a fennel shrub with Haku vodka to create something savoury, salty and dry.
Up in Surry Hills, Toko is creating Haku Coladas, combining its namesake with nigiri sake, tahini, coco lopez and vanilla essence for something a little sweeter.
Harbourside, Zushi is mixing up a Kawaii Midori (which translates, we think, to ‘cute green’), which brings Haku together with pineapple juice, lemonade and that perennial fluro favourite, Midori melon liqueur.
And finally, Chin Chin, is serving up The Brilliant 6, which has a pretty amazing line-up: Haku vodka, Roku gin, Choya Umeshu, honey and pepper syrup, and a dash of honeyed apricot and smoked hickory bitters. Hot damn.
Like all tasty things, the summer of Haku isn’t meant to last. Like the gentle fall of cherry blossoms, come February, the shelves will be bare of delicious and unusual cocktails. Find your nearest Shinkansen and get to your nearest Asian-themed venue. Kampai!
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