The Fisherman's Folly

Fish sauce and pickle juice funk up a cocktail of a different ilk

By now, bitter cocktails have long basked in the limelight, natural wines keep getting buzzier and we've all even settled on our favorite kombucha varietal. So it's no wonder that savory, salty and, well, odd-bird cocktails are making more appearances in cocktail bars.

Logan McHenry is a New York City-based bartender who started out as a bar back at Má Pêche and parlayed himself into a beverage director position at Subject L.E.S. cocktail bar. One of his creations there is the Fugu Me cocktail, a virtually sugarless drink made from infusing dried Japanese blowfish with shōchū and matcha tea. McHenry's inspiration for the drink came from his wife's Japanese heritage and his subsequent love for funky, fermented foods, such as nattō or umeboshi.

Meanwhile over at Neta, longtime envelope-pusher Aaron Polsky whips up savory specialties like the Rishiri 2 Ways, which is a martini made with kombu and nori, two types of Japanese kelp.

This version of a funk-a-licious cocktail incorporates fish sauce and pickle juice for an all-you-can-brine imbibing excursion. Be warned when using fish sauce: It's potent, so don't use more than a spritz at the bottom of your glass, or you'll think you've stumbled upon a fish market on a hot day. Dive in.

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

The Fisherman's Folly
5 from 1 ratings
Savory and salty cocktails, like this briny version spiked with pickle juice and fish sauce, are finding their way onto more cocktail menus.
Prep Time
10
minutes
Cook Time
0
minutes
Servings
1
cocktail
Total time: 10 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • One 2-inch-wide strip grapefruit peel
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • Ice
  • 1½ ounces sake
  • 1 ounce gin
  • ½ ounce pickle juice
  • ½ ounce fresh grapefruit juice
  • ¼ teaspoon matcha tea powder
Directions
  1. Place the salt on a small plate. Rub the grapefruit peel around the rim of a rocks glass. Rim the glass with salt.
  2. In a small spritz bottle, combine the fish sauce and water. Spritz the bottom of the rocks glass once with the fish sauce solution. Fill the glass with ice.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, combine the sake, gin, pickle juice, grapefruit juice and matcha powder. Fill the shaker with ice. Shake and pour into the prepared rocks glass. And serve.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 142
Total Fat 0.1 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 4.3 g
Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
Total Sugars 1.5 g
Sodium 614.7 mg
Protein 0.8 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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