This classic, two-part highball draws on simplicity and the ritual of the Japanese tea ceremony and has become one of the most revered cocktails in Japanese culture.
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Courtesy of Gardner Dunn, brand ambassador, Suntory Whisky

The most straightforward and revered of the Japanese cocktail canon, this drink revolves around an elaborate ritual that rivals the tea ceremony. The name (mizu means water; wari means cut) basically means that the whisky is cut with a sparkling soda water to create a highball-style drink. And no, we’re not making up the part about stirring 13½ times.

Everything & More About Japanese Whisky

  • 1¼ ounces Suntory Toki
  • 3 ounces sparkling water
  • Lemon peel or mint leaf, to garnish (optional)

Add 2 or 3 cubes of ice to a highball glass. Stir with a bar spoon to chill the glass. Pour out any melted water. Pour the whisky into the glass. Stir clockwise 13½ times to chill the whiskey. Add the water. Stir clockwise 3½ times to blend. Garnish, if desired.

Published on December 5, 2016
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Kara Newman 
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Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip. and NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening, which debuts in September 2018. Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net

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