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“After you’ve visited the world’s best bars, discover some new cocktails to make at home with this new cocktail book, from Masahiro Urushido and Michael Anstendig. Inspired by the joyful and vibrant cocktail culture in Japan, the book offers unique spins on classic drinks (like a ‘Meguroni’, their take on the classic Negroni) and easy-to-follow instructions for new libations as well. The book has been nominated for and won a ton of awards, including a 2022 Tales of the Cocktail Award. Everything is showcased through beautiful photographs and housed in a hardcover tome that wouldn’t look out of place on your bar cart or coffee table. If you’ve got a cocktail lover or bartending enthusiast in mind, this book makes the best Christmas gift of the season.”  — Tim Chan, Rolling Stone

“One of the best cocktail books to come out in years, The Japanese Art of the Cocktail will have you creating fabulous drinks with new-found ingredients. You'll learn to make the perfect Highball and even whip up some great drinks-friendly bar snacks en route.” 
Mark Stock, Men’s Health

“Even wine lovers like a good cocktail now and then, especially when presented in a meticulous, beautiful way, which is why The Japanese Art of the Cocktail is a worthy gift that both inspires and whets the appetite….Part memoir, part travelogue, part recipe book, this piece will long make a fashionable statement on the coffee table or bookshelf.”  — Jessica Dupuy, Forbes

“The Japanese Art of the Cocktail is part memoir, part-90-strong cocktail recipe book, and part-travelogue detailing the life, meticulous methodology, and triumphs of acclaimed Tokyo-turned-Katana Kitten bartender Masahiro Urushido. There’s literally something for everyone here.” 
Hadley Tomicki, UrbanDaddy

One of the most celebrated of these drinking establishments is New York’s Katana Kitten, run by Masahiro Urushido. Now, Urushido and veteran writer Michael Anstendig have teamed up for a book, The Japanese Art of the Cocktail that gives you great insight to the country’s singular and detailed approach to cocktail-making. — Charles Passy, Dow Jones’ MarketWatch

Like the New York bar he joyfully presides over, Katana Kitten, a drinking den that effortlessly balances high and low aesthetics, Masahiro Urushido embodies both the precise artistry of Japanese bartending and the sunny generosity of pure hospitality. He is, in other words, both the diamond and the shine. You couldn’t hope for a better guide through the intricacies and delights of Japan’s many contributions to artful drinking. — Robert Simonson, The New York Times 

The Japanese Art of the Cocktail is more than just a cocktail book...Mixologist Masahiro Urushido’s debut recipe book, co-authored with drinks writer Michael Anstendig, is part cocktail book, part memoir. It tells Urushido’s story while introducing readers to the cocktail recipes he’s created along the way. — Isoke Samuel, Food52

This is the ultimate cocktail book for the man who's ready to take his drinking-making skills from great to sublime—and it's written by the bartender of an Esquire Best Bar winner, Katana Kitten in New York.  — Esquire Editors, Esquire

Japan has long been a haven for ultra-precise, artful cocktail making, but don't let that reputation fool you into expecting anything stuffy or staid. Instead, Masahiro Urushido and Michael Anstendig fill this book with as much whimsy and surprise as the lauded NYC bar Urushido helms, Katana Kitten. Perfect for the home mixologist who loves the classics and also craves the chance to express themselves through a glass. — Lauren Hubbard and Sam Dangremond, Town & Country

His book takes you inside a world grounded in the classics, but popping with eye-catching color and intense flavors that borrow from Japanese gardens and forests, as in his bracingly fresh Hinoki Martini, made with a tincture fashioned from cypress tree oil. A chapter on highballs displays a penchant for supercharging populist formulas with seasoned salts, infusions and an engineer’s concern for achieving maximum coldness. — Christopher Ross, PUNCH

Masahiro is the best bartender I know. Scratch that, he’s the best bartender any of us know. Ask any bartender who their favorite is, and Masa’s name will always come up first. Every time I’m fortunate enough to be in his presence, I am constantly taking notes in an attempt to be a better bartender myself. In this book, he generously shares with us a few of the tricks that make him the best of the best. — Jeffrey Morgenthaler, bar manager of Clyde Tavern, co-author of The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique and author of Drinking Distilled 

About the Author

Born in Japan’s Nagano Prefecture and based in New York City, MASAHIRO URUSHIDO is one of the most recognized and beloved unofficial “ambassadors” of Japanese bartending techniques and drinkways in the US. An ace bartender with twenty years of experience, he is managing partner, head bartender, and director of deliciousness at Katana Kitten, a groundbreaking Japanese-American cocktail bar in New York City’s West Village co-created with Cocktail Kingdom Hospitality Group’s Greg Boehm and James Tune.

Michael Anstendig is editor in chief at Hanna Lee Communications, an award-winning, international hospitality and travel PR agency based in New York City. He is also a freelance writer who has reported for the 
New York TimesNew York ObserverTime Out New YorkNation’s Restaurant News, and others. Michael has reviewed more than 200 restaurants for New York magazine’s website and is a contributor to David Wondrich’s Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails. In addition, he co-hosts Hospitality Forward with Hanna Lee, a podcast dedicated to the hospitality and travel industry. Michael is a founding board member of the Museum of Food & Drink (MOFAD).

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harvest (June 1, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0358362024
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0358362029
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.38 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8 x 0.91 x 9 inches
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