Japanese Cocktail Recipe


The Japanese Cocktail, curiously made with mostly French ingredients, is like an Old Fashioned with a rich and nutty twist. This classic cocktail included in Jerry Thomas' Bar-Tender's Guide in 1862.

Recipe Facts



Active: 2 mins
Total: 2 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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  • 2 ounces cognac
  • 1/2 ounce orgeat
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Lemon peel for garnish


  1. Fill a mixing glass half full with ice. Add cognac, orgeat, and bitters. Stir well.

  2. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

  3. Twist lemon peel over the drink and drop in as a garnish.

Special equipment

Mixing glass, bar spoon