Signature
Matthew Kelly / Supercall

Vodka • Dry
Aladdin Sane

The first bar program Waites Laseter ran in New Orleans was at a ramen restaurant, where the strongest spirit behind the bar was sake. “How do I make sake into something interesting?” he asked himself. The first iteration of this Sake Martini-esque cocktail was the result. Since then, it has followed him to Root, where he now makes it with creamy unfiltered nigori sake that he infuses with blood oranges, sweet-savory rosemary syrup, dry curaçao and a little vodka—to kick the ABV up a bit. Laseter torches the rosemary garnish tableside, filling the air with the aroma of rosemary and raised phones, as people Snapchat the fiery show.

The Essentials

nigori sake
Vodka
Rosemary syrup
Shaker
The Details
Contributed by

Ingredients

1 oz nigori sake
.5 oz Vodka
.5 oz Dry Curaçao
1 oz Rosemary syrup
rosemary sprig
Blood orange twist

Method

  • Add all ingredients save for the garnishes to a shaker and shake with ice.
  • Double strain into a coupe or Marie Antoinette glass.
  • Garnish with a blood orange twist and a torched rosemary sprig.
expert
Strength:
Blood Orange-Infused Sake
Custom Ingredient

Ingredients

1 lb blood oranges
1 720-ml bottle nigori sake

Method

  • Peel the rinds off the blood oranges.
  • Split the peeled produce along the seams into 3-4 smaller pieces.
  • Toss pieces of fruit into a container with a bottle of nigori sake.
  • Seal the container and refrigerate.
  • Let sit for about 12 days, stirring periodically.
  • Strain the fruit out (hold on to it—it makes a lovely treat), and store infused sake in the fridge.
Rosemary Syrup
Custom Ingredient

Ingredients

.25 Cup rosemary leaves
1 Cup water
1 Cup sugar

Method

  • Combine water, sugar, rosemary in saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil stirring until sugar dissolves.
  • Simmer for 1 minute, then remove from heat and let syrup steep for 30 minutes.
  • Strain out leaves, and store in airtight container in fridge.