If you’ve ever imagined sitting in a whimsical Tokyo bar that has a NYC neighborhood feel, then you basically get the vibe of the cool new West Village gem Katana Kitten.
The latest from former Saxon + Parole bartending ace Masahiro Urushido, in partnership with the hospitality gurus behind Boilermaker and Pegu Club, this isn’t your typical trend-driven cocktail spot. Inspired by Japan’s “Jazz Age,” the interiors are infused with Japanese architectural elements, but with a bit of a rustic European vibe. It charmingly blurs the lines between playful and sophisticated.
No surprise, Urushido mixes classic highballs, signature cocktails, and, yes, boilermakers (beer cocktails) with Japanese ingredients, to the effect of inventive fusions like the Calpico Swizzle – Bombay Sapphire East, Nigori sake, calpico, lime, sansho pepper, and blanc de blanc – and the Fancy Ramune, a mix of Other Half Forever Ever IPA x “Lemon-Daiginjo.”
We asked Masahiro to share a couple of his fave summer-inspired recipes. Though we urge you to experience his liquid gold, paired with Japanese street-food bites (we highly recommend the kakuni rillette kushiage skewers) in person.
Bright n’ Sunny by Masahiro Urushido
1.5 oz. White Rum Infused with Butterfly Pea Flower*
Dash of Lime Juice
Method: Build in highball glass and garnish with lime and a pineapple slice.
*butterfly pea flower infused rum
750ml white rum
1 TBSP butterfly pea flower (dry)
Method: Combine rum and dry flower in a glass jar with tight lid. Shake well and let it sit in room temperature for 10 – 20min then strain the flower.
Delicious Summer Punch by Masahiro Urushido
6 oz. Gin / Vodka
2 oz. Sake (dry and crisp)
2 oz. ITALICUS Bergamot Liqueur
10 oz. Cold-brewed (sencha) Green Tea
6 oz. Lime Juice
3 tablespoons of sugar
6 oz. Dry Sparkling Wine
Method: Combine sugar and lime juice, stir well to dissolve. Add all the ingredients (except the sparkling wine) in the punch bowl, add ice and stir to combine. Add sparkling wine right before the serving. Garnish each glass with a lime slice, cucumber slice and fresh mint.
Glass: Punch bowl + punch cup