Mixology 一筆

In early spring of 2008, Chef Isao Yamada met Gen Yamamoto at a promotional sake event in New York, where Yamamoto was demonstrating his original cocktails using Japanese sakes and shochus (distilled vodka-like Japanese spirits).

Yamada was so impressed with Yamamoto’s daikon radish and rice shochu cocktail that he told his mentor at the time, Executive Chef Tidao Mikami of Bouley Upstairs, he had found a great candidate for the bartender position at the new restaurant Brushstroke. Mikami was familiar with creating cocktails having worked closely with the Austrian “bar chef” Albert Trummer, who was hired by David Bouley for the opening of Danube. Together they created excellent original cocktails with fresh fruits and new ingredients, such as the Danube cocktail with elderflower jelly and champagne. When Mikami tasted Yamamoto’s creations, he saw that his originality and talent were along the same lines as Trummer’s.

Yamamoto was born in a small fishing village in Japan’s Mie prefecture, 60 miles south of Nagoya. Arriving in the United States at the age of 24, he began to make cocktails of his own style, using fruits, tomatoes, cucumbers, and Japanese herbs and vegetables. He came in second place in the Marie Brizard cocktail competition in New York in 2006. Last year, NHK, a Japanese national TV station, created a 20 minute documentary about him as a young Japanese bartender active in the big apple.

Gen returned to Japan in early 2012 to be closer to his family, taking with him the lessons he had learned working with the Brushstroke culinary team. Gen’s legacy lives on at Brushstroke in the artisanal cocktails influenced by this true master of the form.

Artisanal Cocktails

Hommage…………………………………………….17
sparkling wine, elderflower essence, fresh squeezed lemon

Fuji Apple……………………………………………..15
rye whiskey, fresh cider, house-made apple confiture

Pink Grapefruit……………………………………..15
rice vodka, fresh grapefruit, sencha green tea syrup

Ginger………………………………………………….13
rice shochu, house-made ginger ale, lime

Japanese Cucumber with Almond……………15
gin, lime, coarse ground roasted almond

Tarragon Shiso………………………………………15
Greenhook gin, fresh lime

Non Alcoholic

House-made Ginger Ale…………………………7

Green Tea Grapefruit……………………………..9

Elderflower Spritzer……………………………….9


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