Why call it a Nihombashi Cocktail? It’s hard to grow persimmons in New York, so I had a hard time calling this a Manhattan. Nihombashi is the Toyko neighborhood where the Japanese stock exchange is located (thus a bit like Manhattan) and persimmons are common in Japan. Plus, Nihombashi is just fun to say.
Leave everything out and let your guests mix their own. Or, assign a talents friend to be bartender.
For each serving you’ll need:
- 1 tablespoon persimmon syrup
- 1 1/2 ounces bourbon
- 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
- juice of one lemon wedge (cut a lemon into 8 pieces)
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
Put everything into a cocktail shaker and shake, shake, shake. Serve in a martini glass.