The 'Wasabi West' (Wasabia japonica martini)
The Wasabi West -
a shochu martini shaken with 100% Wasabia japonica powder... DON'T BE FOOLED BY CHEAP HORSERADISH POWDER IMITATIONS!
- 3 oz superior shochu
- 1 teaspoon Wasabia japonica powder
- 1 small fresh Wasabia japonica leaf with stem
Combine shochu and Wasabia powder in mixing glass, swirl to ensure all powder
is wet. Chill Martini glass with ice. Add crushed ice to mixing glass and shake
ten times. Pour ice out of Martini glass. Strain mixture into glass. As a garnish,
add leaf with stem resting at bottom of glass.
This is a 'savoury' cocktail served in a martini glass. It is the kind of
drink that one would order before a meal to whet ones appetite, then, depending
on the course, one may find the developed wasabi flavour and heat an interesting
companion to the food.
Initially, there will be a thick white foam on the top of the liquid. The
base is a distinctive green colour. The initial taste will be mild but refreshing.
One of the really interesting things about this drink is that after several
minutes, the heat and flavour intensify significantly as the ITCs develop.
The powder will also settle out at the bottom of the glass, creating a darker
layer below. True Wasabi lovers will want to 'eat' this residue out of the
glass or it can be stirred back into the liquid with the stem of the leaf.
This interesting visual effect develops over a few minutes with the heat and
flavour, and provides an interesting contrast to most drinks which become 'watery'
and less flavourful over the life of the drink.
What is shochu?
Shochu is the quintessential Japanese distilled spirit. The two types are
Ko and Otsu.
Ko is made mainly from molasses and is distilled several times, while otsu
can be made from sweet potatoes, barley, rice, or brown sugar and is distilled
only once. Ko-type shochu is flavorless and odorless, while the flavor of the
ingredients remains in otsu-type shochu. Both types are popular and quite affordable,
but as the flavor of otsu reflects the characteristics of the region where
the drink is produced and the method of production, this is the type generally
favored by shochu aficionados.
Both types use malted rice for fermentation, and depending on the brand and
where it is produced, the alcohol content varies from 40 to 90 proof (20 to
45 percent ABV), although the average is around 50 proof (25% ABV).
Nutraceutical uses for real wasabi
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