Tokyo Toddy

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Cocktail History

The Tokyo Toddy is an autumn sake cocktail that was created by Jassy Davis and included in her book Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn & Winter. It takes the classic toddy template of hot water, spirit, and sweetener and gives it a Japanese-inspired twist by using rice wine in place of water. This gives the drink a much more alcoholic and unique-tasting backbone. Then to offset this, it uses brown sugar and an orange brandy liqueur to add sweetness and flavor.

Cocktail Ingredients

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

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

Mandarine Napoleon Liqueur: This is a special orange liqueur that adds citrus and brandy flavors. First made in the late 1700s or early 1800s, it’s made with a secret recipe but is known to be made with mandarine orange peel, aged cognac, spices, and herbs.

Brown Sugar: This sweetens the drink and balances the sake and citrus flavors. We just used generic brown sugar from our local grocery store.

Ginger Slice: This is one of the garnishes. It adds fresh ginger aroma and flavor.

Orange Slice: This is the other garnish, and it adds a bit more citrus flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Tokyo Toddy has the unmistakable scent of hot sake mixed with a bit of orange, features an orange-tinged sake flavor mixed with a bit of deep sweetness, and finishes with a brown sugar aftertaste.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: If you’re a fan of hot sake, then this is a great drink for you for keeping warm on a chilly night, and its rich sweetness is sure to please anybody. As tasty as it was, neither of us prefer sake hot, so this is one we would probably would not make again.

Alex’s Take: “Full disclosure, I am not a big fan of hot sake and typically prefer it served cold. That said, this was alright and basically tasted like a typical hot sake would but sweetened with brown sugar and orange brandy liqueur. It left little to the imagination and little room for contemplation. It’s sure to warm you up, especially if you’re a fan of hot sake to begin with. I probably won’t make it again personally though.”

Kendall’s Take: “I really wanted to like this toddy because it’s so unique compared to others we’ve tried, but I’m just not a fan of sake, which is its most distinct taste. Although it’s a no for me, give it a try if you enjoy this traditional rice wine.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn & Winter by Jassy Davis.

AuthorWinter WarmersPrep Time10 minsRating

Ingredients
 5 ¼ oz Sake
 1 oz Mandarine Napoleon Liqueur
 1 tsp Brown Sugar
 2 Ginger Slices
 1 Orange Slice

Method
1

Add sake to a saucepan over low heat.

2

Cook for 3-4 minutes until warmed through.

3

Add Mandarine Napoleon liqueur and brown sugar to a sake cup and stir for 5-10 seconds.

4

Pour in sake and stir for 5-10 more seconds until combined.

5

Garnish with ginger and orange slice.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 5 ¼ oz Sake
 1 oz Mandarine Napoleon Liqueur
 1 tsp Brown Sugar
 2 Ginger Slices
 1 Orange Slice

Directions

Method
1

Add sake to a saucepan over low heat.

2

Cook for 3-4 minutes until warmed through.

3

Add Mandarine Napoleon liqueur and brown sugar to a sake cup and stir for 5-10 seconds.

4

Pour in sake and stir for 5-10 more seconds until combined.

5

Garnish with ginger and orange slice.

Tokyo Toddy

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More Hot Cocktails

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

Mocha Rum Toddy: A rum cocktail made with coffee, dark crème de cacao, simple syrup, whipped cream, and cocoa powder

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

Banana Buttered Rum: A dark rum cocktail made with hot water, banana butter, star anise, and a cinnamon stick

Pumpkin Cider: An apply brandy and dark rum cocktail made with apple cider, pumpkin cubes, butter, sugar, whole cloves, star anise, cinnamon sticks, and grated nutmeg

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