I headed out to Yabu one evening, not for katsu, but for the newest addition to their menu: the Yabu Craft Cocktails curated by Erwan Heussaff.
Erwan Heussaff, a successful restaurateur, has created 7 cocktails on the menu with Takuyi Suzuki, a famous Japanese bartender, in mind.
Each cocktail has only 4 to 6 ingredients like the Japanese prefer their cocktails. All drinks are sake, shochu (soju) or whiskey-based.
Along with bar chows that Yabu has prepared exclusively for that special evening, we were able to try some of the 7 Yabu Craft Cocktails.
As Erwan mentioned, if you want to start with something light, you must choose Honshea or Kyohime.
Honshea is a straightforward mix of sake and lemon, while Kyohime is a bit more complicated combination of shochu, iced tea, mint, and lime.
A bit on the stronger side are Highball and Chie.
More of a guy's drink (for me), Highball is a strong mix of Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky (12 years), soda water, and angostura bitters. Chie, the most beautiful cocktail, is a lovely mix of sake, lime juice, whiskey, cayenne powder, sugar, salt, fruit juice, and ginger syrup, topped with a fruit slice. It was a sweet yet smooth drink that you should try.
For the hardcore drinkers, Yabu's Kick is highly recommended.
It's a creative mix of whiskey, cayenne, orgeat, casis, and lime. From the name itself, it really gives you the kick you want.
I also took a sip of the most interesting cocktail, the Jasmine Blossom, a mix of shochu, orgeat, lime juice, jasmine tea concentrate, ginger syrup, and wasabi syrup, topped with grated lime peels and served with wasabi paste. I suggest that you mix all the wasabi paste to your drink and experience the exciting play of all the flavors in your mouth.
Last but not the least is the Yuzu Sour, a mix of shochu, egg white, whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup, yuzu juice, topped with shiso leaf.
Yabu Craft Cocktails are exclusively available at the Glorietta 5 branch only. Grab the Craft Cocktails from 5-8pm, Mondays to Thursdays, and get 50% on all cocktails.
Other photos are from Yabu.
Thanks to Erika Lim of Yabu for having us.
Yabu: The House of Katsu
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