Make This Cocktail: Miles From the Mainland

Another cocktail from the Shaker & Spoon Kanpai! box had me wracking my brain to identify a mysterious flavor that seemed both uncommon and familiar. I ended up donning my reading glasses to examine the ingredient list of the provided subtropic syrup and recognized it by name right away: sesame oil.

The good news: This cocktail incorporates much less sesame oil than the Darkened Summer Moon, where it so plagued me. Here, it’s more of a nuance than a flavor — it’s literally the last ingredient on the label of the provided Subtropic Syrup.*

Miles From the Mainland

  • 1½ ounces Japanese whisky
  • 1 ounce Subtropic Syrup
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • 1 dash Peychaud’s bitters

* The syrup includes pear, pineapple and passion fruit juices, guava, papaya, mango and peach purees, unsweeted coconut milk, citric acid and toasted sesame oil.

  1. Add whiskey, syrup and lemon juice to a shaker with ice, and shake until well chilled, 15–30 seconds.
  2. Double-strain into a chilled coupe.
  3. Add Peychaud’s bitters to the top of the drink, creating a red circle that floats on its surface.

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