Happy Hour

Cocktail creations by Umami Mart: shaken, stirred, and remixed.

March 13, 2017

Happy Hour: The Mother-In-Law Cocktail

by Kayoko Akabori

I found this cocktail inside Ted Haigh’s Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails book that we carry at Umami Mart.

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February 8, 2017

Happy Hour: In the Mood For Love

by Kayoko Akabori

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When we talked about me creating a cocktail with the theme of love for Valentine’s day, I balked.

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December 28, 2016

Happy Hour: The Drake

by Kayoko Akabori

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When the holidays roll around, I reach for Cognac. The Sidecar is my all-time favorite cocktail for these times – a festive mix of Cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon.

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October 19, 2016

Happy Hour: Aunt Judy’s Passion Fruit Cocktail

by Kayoko Akabori

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Around this time every year, Yoko’s aunt Judy starts bringing around bags of passion fruit for us.

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August 8, 2016

Happy Hour: The Western

by Kayoko Akabori

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It is really difficult to create cocktails using sake as a base. Sake tends to be subtle and the nuances are often lost when other spirits are combined into the drink.

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July 6, 2016

Happy Hour: Umeboshi Splash!

by Kayoko Akabori

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My best friend Sara wrote a book and it just came out! It’s called Never Ever and it is a young adult fiction novel recreating the story of Peter Pan.

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April 25, 2016

Happy Hour: Umamichelada!

by Kayoko Akabori

Ah, Mexico. We went to Cabo San Lucas over New Year’s and had a magical time.

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December 21, 2015

Happy Hour: Tokyo 75

by Kayoko Akabori

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Photos by Mariko Yamasaki

Happy holidays everyone! What a year! I hope you are all able to relax during these last days of 2015 and reflect on joyful memories.

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August 17, 2015

Happy Hour: Don’t Call This a Saketini

by Kayoko Akabori

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I deplore the word “Saketini.” The whole idea that you can name a cocktail by adding “tini” to the end of it is just plain juvenile and not creative at all.

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July 2, 2015

Happy Hour: Kumquat Liqueur

by Kayoko Akabori

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My partner Johnny’s mom has an ultra green thumb. Whenever I see her, she showers me with ripe fruits and vegetables from her bountiful garden.

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