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Code Name Mixology, Tokyo

The “Willy Wonka of extraordinary cocktails”, that’s how Japanese food and drink writer Melinda Joe referred to Code Name Mixology owner and head bartender Shuzo Nagumo in her recent Japan Times article. As I’ve been known to enjoy a cocktail or two in my day, when I visited Tokyo last month, I knew I had to go…


I popped into the Akasaka outpost, which can be a little difficult to find in its second floor location, so look up…


With it’s warm lighting and dark wood design, you instantly feel comfortable upon walking into Mixology…


Unlike other cocktail joints you’ll find in Tokyo, Mixology’s counter and walls are covered in bottles, glasses, shakers, spirits, barware and all kinds of fun clutter that helps makes you feel more at home…


Yukino Sato was our bartender that night and she was simply wonderful!


While they do have a cocktail menu, at Mixology you’re encouraged to simply tell Sato-san what sorts of flavors you like and she’ll mix you up something special with your favorite alcohols and seasonal fruits & vegetables. I started with a gin-based, fresh watermelon cocktail…


Topped with salt foam…


Then it was on to a rum and passion fruit Tiki-themed number…


The bar has a rotary evaporator where Nagumo-san infuses and distills a myriad of fun flavors into all kinds of alcohols…


Like his foie gras vodka that tastes just like foie gras!!


Which Sato-san made me a marvelous martini from…


Last up was a Bloody Mary made from scratch using a fresh tomato, prepared and served in the most entertaining of ways…


You can see a video of the show you get if you order this drink here.

Now that takes skill!

Codename Mixology also serves food and their talented chef, Takahashi-san, prepared us plates of house smoked snacks, like duck breast, A5 grade Japanese beef and bottarga…


The winner though was this smoked clam from Hokkaido. If you ever go and see this on their menu, do not pass it up…


Thank you, Sato-san, for a most entertaining and eye-opening evening!


Here at Code Name Mixology, everyone gets a golden ticket… in liquid form!


3 −14−3 Akasaka, 2F

Minato-ku, Tokyo


+81 3-6459-1129

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Roof at Park South, NYC

Enjoyed a wonderful evening with friends at family at the newly-opened Roof at Park South last night…

It’s a lovely, large space…

With spectacular views of Manhattan…

Cool cocktails and cold beers, I enjoyed a draft Peepers Ale from Maine Brewing Co…

Plus, they have a kitchen serving up amazing eats from Tim Cushman of Boston’s award-winning O YA restaurant….

Warm hummus with smoked paprika and cumin…

Piadine alla Funghi with shiitake & hedgehog mushrooms and truffle oil…

(I don’t even really like shiitake and these were incredible!)

And his Sweetbreads Fritto with pecorino and lemon zest…

Their prices may be a couple bucks higher than other NYC bars, but given the location, the outstanding views and the quality of the food and beverages they’re offering, Roof is well worth the price!


125 East 27th St.

Between Lexington and Park Aves.

New York, NY 10016


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More cocktails at the Bumbye Bar yesterday…

Mutsumi went with lilikoi lemonade spiked with vodka, and I tried the Blush Baby, which is Appleton’s aged rum, white rum, lemon, demerara syrup, blackberry, raspberry and rose champagne.

Loved it!

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Bumbye Beach Bar, Maui, Hawaii

I’m so impressed with the cocktail program here at the Andaz Maui! Created by bartender Julie Reiner,  the bars try and source every ingredient locally and make every juice, syrup and mixer from scratch. True handcrafted boozy beverages!

Here’s a look at a few of the liquored-up libations we enjoyed at the Bumbye Beach Bar yesterday…

The Lokelani Swizzle - White rum, rosehip, lemongrass & hibiscus tea,
lime juice and lilikoi…

Pimms Rangoon - Pimms, gin, ginger, lemon, cucumber, strawberry and mint…

Pisco Punch - Peruvian Pisco, pineapple & lemon juice, sugar cane syrup, Fee’s Aromatic Bitters and clove…


Inside the Andaz Maui at Waliea

3550 Wailea Alanui Drive

Wailea, Maui, HI 96753


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A “Hawaiian Rainbow” from Huggo’s On The Rocks… Midori melon, 99 Bananas, Malibu coconut run, light rum, pineapple juice and grenadine.
I love how the tiki torch in the background makes it look flames are shooting from the straw!

A “Hawaiian Rainbow” from Huggo’s On The Rocks… Midori melon, 99 Bananas, Malibu coconut run, light rum, pineapple juice and grenadine.

I love how the tiki torch in the background makes it look flames are shooting from the straw!

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Rum-fueled fun at Frankie’s Tiki Room last night!

Killer cocktails!! My favorites were the Thurston Howl and Three Rum Scum.

A bit off the Strip, but worth the cab ride…


1712 W Charleston Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89102


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