Far East Side

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Cocktail History

The Far East Side is a sake and tequila cocktail that was created by bartender Kenta Goto at his establishment Bar Goto in New York City, New York. It is a Japanese-inspired variation of the Southside that pairs the two low-proof spirits with elderflower liqueur, lemon, and shiso leaves.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Sake: This is one of the base spirits. We went with Kurosawa Nigori Sake because it’s affordable and one of the few options available where we live in Wisconsin.

Tequila Blanco: This is the other base spirit. We used Casamigos Tequila Blanco for its sweetness and notes of grapefruit and vanilla.

Elderflower Liqueur: This is a liqueur that adds a distinct elderflower taste. We used Edinburgh Gin Distillery Elderflower Gin Liqueur because it’s high quality and has a fresh, floral aroma and taste.

Lemon Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors for balance. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Shiso Leaves: These are shaken in the drink and used as the garnish to add shiso’s strong herbal aroma and flavor. We couldn’t find shiso leaves in our area, so we used mint instead.

Tasting Notes

The Far East Side is a light and airy drink that features sake and tequila aromas, the tastes of both, a hint of citrus, and herbal notes from the elderflower liqueur.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Overall, we both thought this low-proof cocktail was very tasty. It’s definitely what we’d consider a warm weather drink, so we’d save it for a summer afternoon or maybe a garden party where we don’t want our guests in a drunken stupor by the early afternoon.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Session Cocktails: Low-Alcohol Drinks for Any Occasion by Drew Lazor.

AuthorSession CocktailsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Sake
 ½ oz Tequila Blanco
 ¾ oz Elderflower Liqueur
 ¼ oz Lemon Juice
 4 Shiso Leaves

Method
1

Add sake, tequila, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, and three shiso leaves to a mixing glass.

2

Muddle leaves gently.

3

Strain into another mixing glass.

4

Add ice.

5

Stir for 10-20 seconds.

6

Strain into a cocktail glass.

7

Garnish with shiso leaf.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Sake
 ½ oz Tequila Blanco
 ¾ oz Elderflower Liqueur
 ¼ oz Lemon Juice
 4 Shiso Leaves

Directions

Method
1

Add sake, tequila, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, and three shiso leaves to a mixing glass.

2

Muddle leaves gently.

3

Strain into another mixing glass.

4

Add ice.

5

Stir for 10-20 seconds.

6

Strain into a cocktail glass.

7

Garnish with shiso leaf.

Far East Side

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More Low-Proof Cocktails

If you like this low-proof cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

 Kelly Kapowski: A mocktail made with water, lemon juice, ginger syrup, celery bitters, cucumber slices, arugula, paprika, and a cucumber ribbon

 Hot Peppermint Patty: A low-proof cocktail made with milk, white peppermint schnapps, dark crème de cacao, white crème de menthe, cocoa powder, whipped cream, and grated chocolate

 Strawberry Booster: A mocktail made with sparkling water, lemon juice, ginger syrup, balsamic vinegar, strawberries, mint, and sea salt

 Blood Orange Sunrise: A mocktail made with pomegranate juice, blood orange juice, lime juice, honey syrup, soda water, and a blood orange twist

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