Kusuri | Cocktail Party


Kusuri sour cocktail with Japanese whisky, nigori sake, lemon juice, honey syrup, and a matcha salt rim

The Kusuri is a soft, nuanced take on Sam Ross’ Penicillin cocktail, from the folks at Oaktown Spice Shop. Switching out the Scotch for Japanese whiskey softens the smoke without sacrificing all of it, while the flavors of milky nigori and earthy matcha are an intriguing change of pace from the ginger in Ross’ version. It’s different enough from the original Penicillin that we thought it merited a better name than the “Sake Penicillin” descriptor it had initially; we rechristened it Kusuri, the Japanese word for “medicine.”

The matcha-salt rim isn’t just for looks – it’s an essential ingredient! Don’t use too much salt in the mix – it’s just a vehicle for the matcha, so make sure it’s the main ingredient.



Mix the salt and matcha powder together in a shallow dish. Use a lemon wedge to moisten the outer rim of a short glass, and dip the rim of the glass into the matcha-salt mixture. Add ice to the glass. Shake all the remaining ingredients with ice, and strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel or twist.

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