Yesterday we met Rich Heider, the wealth of knowledge working behind the bar at the new Casablance Lounge in Old Town Scottsdale. Today he shares with us the recipe for the Japanese Revival, a drink Heider says is a good jumping-off point for the different things he does there.
"We kind of had a theme we wanted to do, and we just kept this one Japanese," Heider says. " The Horin sake is one of the most polished sakes you can find. Yuzu is a Japanese citrus -- kind of a cross between a lemon and a grapefruit. And of course there's Midori."
The verdant cocktail's citrusy, with an enticing herbal backbone and not a hint of boozy heat.
"We decided on the Japanese Revival name because all the names I suggested were kind of ... inappropriate," Heider says. "I was thinking something like the Nuclear Reactor, because of the color. But Japanese Revival is better."