Cocktail Friday: Tokyo Manhattan

by Tokyo Terrace on October 16, 2010

I am constantly amazed at how busy life can suddenly become. When it seems like you just might have a day to yourself, the calendar fills in the blink of an eye and you find yourself with plans from dawn to dusk. I have to say that this kind of busy schedule makes blogging difficult. Not only does it take away most of my photo-taking time, but sometimes the quality of my posts can be…well…less than ideal. My last post for Project Food Blog, for example; I was not pleased with it. That happens on occasion. And as I suspected, it was not enough. I think most bloggers would agree that it’s hard when you’re given a specific challenge. Inspiration doesn’t have a set schedule. It comes from things like this pretty pink Seussical flower. Just sayin’.

I feel like the last challenge was just the kick-in-the-pants that I needed to realize that my blog is what is it is. With all its imperfections, it is my own creation. And I love it.

OK, enough of that! Last night, I had a fantastic date night with Brad. We went to a restaurant called Crumpets here in Tokyo. It’s an adorable, cozy spot next to a canal in a more residential area. Crumpets allows dogs in their restaurant, which is perfect now that we have our adorable Callie here with us (she’s the big one in the photos). We enjoyed a delicious meal while Callie mingled with the other dogs who were cute on a much smaller scale…

It was a doggy birthday celebration! Although I’m not sure whose birthday it was…

Before we headed out to dinner, we had a little homemade cocktail hour. Cheaper and often times more fun, having cocktail hour at home allows us to relax a bit while experimenting with new cocktail creations. Last night I made what I am calling the Tokyo Manhattan. This twist on the classic Manhattan is made with Bourbon, a touch of honey and a splash of cranberry juice, the flavors are a combination of warm and bright and are reflective of autumn. Pink peppercorns add a beautiful splash of pink and contribute an earthy yet bright nose. The Tokyo Manhattan is just what we needed before being bombarded with teeny tiny fluffy Japanese dogs. Maybe we should have had two…

Tokyo Manhattan

Makes 2

3.5 oz. Bourbon

1 tsp honey

2 oz. cranberry juice

crushed pink peppercorns for garnish (optional but oh-so-pretty!)

Combine all ingredients except peppercorns in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for about 30 seconds. Pour into two cocktail glasses and serve garnished with peppercorns.

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  • Jason Phelps

    I love this spin on a classic. The pink peppercorns are an excellent example of using a different ingrediant to add that list bit of profile to a drink. I have all of this at the ready so when happy hour rolls around tonight I’ll be giving it a test drive for sure.


  • Jan Cahill

    That’s an amazing shot of the flower. Very unusual.
    Love the doggie pictures. Your blog is entertaining, informative and fun. Keep up the good work. I’m glad you’re going with what inspires YOU again.

  • Brie

    i was shocked and sad to see the results as you were one of my favorites. your blog has always inspired me and exceeds my expectations. i have enjoyed your blog for months now and will certainly keep reading with pleasure.

    and it’s great to see you all out and enjoying yourselves! Callie looks so happy! we have a few restaurants here where i can take my dog out and sit on a back deck, but those dogs look like they’re certainly pampered! i’d probably need two martinis as well.

  • Freshne

    The blog s looking good and so is your cocktail. Fabulous shot! I’m glad you had a good time at the restaurant. The dogs are hillarious!

  • Amy

    This cocktail sounds wonderful! I love honey and bourbon together, and the pink peppercorns are a nice twist!

  • Jackie Tan Brodin

    Yummmyyyy , the cocktail looks so good…..and I thought the dogs were stuffed toys at first 😉 LOL How did you get them all to sit together so straight?

  • Argentum

    Sounds like a yummy fall drink. And we love that Seuss-flower!!!

  • sippitysup

    Funny, I have been experimenting with a cranberry and bourbon drink with a bit of honey and a dash of angostura bitter. I was planning on serving mine on the rocks, but I must admit I may tweek mine a bit more after seeing this beautiful creation. GREG

  • Anonymous

    I hope to see your creation on the blog soon! I haven’t really been a big Bourbon person until recently. I love its warm flavor- just perfect for autumn!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you! I love that flower too. There aren’t many left- they seem to have a short lived blooming life. Glad I can still look at the photo though!

  • Anonymous

    Aren’t they hilarious? It was kind of an ordeal getting all of the dogs to sit still, but somehow we made it work long enough to take the photo.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, Amy! I love the flavor and look of the pink peppercorns. Just a little more unique than a lemon wedge.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you! I’ve been so busy working that I haven’t had as much time to spend here as I’d like, but I’m making it through. The dogs were such a great way to end the week- so funny!

  • Anonymous

    Hi Brie- thanks for the note. I was sad too, but such is life I guess. It was fun to get out and do something fun with the pup and husband. Helped get my mind off of everything else. Thanks again for being so sweet and for always being so supportive of my blog.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, Jason! I hope you enjoyed this cocktail for your happy hour!

  • Natasha Cardinez

    What cute puppies, and a good looking drink too!

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