Super simple to make, refreshing, thirst quenching and quite tasty; that sums up how I’d describe the Yokohama cocktail.
I was on a mission this week to find a cocktail for Friday Cocktails where I could use the grenadine that I had bought for the summer kickoff cocktail! (Frozen Rum Slush) I love it when all the needs for a drink are already stocked in our bar! Win-Win!
The Yokohama cocktail has history dating back to the late 1800’s when the city itself was becoming a booming port city and it catered to the business men traveling to and from there.
There are a many different variations for this drink all consisting of similar ingredients, but the main difference is choosing a Gin or Vodka base.
I tried the recipe with the Vodka, because several of them had Pernod in them and since Pernod lends so many depths of flavor in many of the foods I’ve made with great deliciousness (Bouillabaisse, homemade spaghetti sauce just to name a couple) I thought it would be interesting. (And again, Pernod was stocked in our bar!)
It sure doesn’t take much Pernod, but it really adds an interesting zing to this drink. Pernod has a licorice flavor that coincidentally I don’t tend to love, but as an ingredient in a cocktail or food it’s so subtle don’t let any fears of licorice stop you from trying things. It’s really amazing how it transforms a recipe.
The freshly juiced orange juice in this drink makes it a no brainer to serve for brunch as well as the perfect drink for a summer barbeque when it’s hot outside. The grenadine adds just a dash of sweetness to balance the citrus of the orange juice.
I’ll be making this all summer long because it’s so easy and tastes so refreshing!
- 3 ounces Vodka
- 2 ounces Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
- 1/2 teaspoon Grenadine
- 3 drops of Pernod
- 5 ice cubes
- Crushed Ice optional
- Place 5 ice cubes into a martini shaker.
- Add Vodka, Orange Juice, Grenadine and Pernod.
- Shake until ice cold.
- Pour into desired glass and serve!
This cocktail works both served straight up in a martini glass or over crushed ice in your favorite highball glass.
I like summer drinks extra cold so I prefer shaking them in a martini shaker, but you could also just put the ingredients over the ice in a glass and stir them together.
This drink is easily made into mass. Pour the number of servings you are looking for into a pitcher then serve over ice!