2 cl of water
2 cl of Japanese whisky
What is Mizuwari?
Mizuwari is a popular Japanese whisky cocktail that combines the rich flavors of Japanese whisky with the refreshing taste of water.
The term “mizuwari” elegantly derives from the fusion of the Japanese words “mizu” (water) and “wari” (to dilute), epitomizing the refined minimalism embodied by this timeless libation.
It’s a straightforward yet elegant way to enjoy whisky, allowing you to savor the unique characteristics of the spirit.
The History of Mizuwari
The origins of Mizuwari can be traced back to the post-World War II era when Japanese whisky started gaining popularity. With a scarcity of resources, the Japanese sought ways to enjoy their whisky without consuming it too quickly or overwhelming their palates. Mizuwari became a popular method of consuming whisky, as it allowed drinkers to appreciate the complex flavors while diluting the alcohol content. This practice has continued to be a staple in Japanese drinking culture, and Mizuwari is now enjoyed by whisky enthusiasts worldwide.
The Significance of Mizuwari in Japanese Culture
Mizuwari is more than just a whisky cocktail; it is a symbol of Japanese hospitality and craftsmanship. The preparation of Mizuwari is a careful, deliberate process that demonstrates respect for the spirit and the guest. As a result, Mizuwari is often served at social gatherings and izakayas (Japanese pubs) as a sign of warm hospitality.
Essential Ingredients for Mizuwari
Japanese whisky is the star of Mizuwari. It’s known for its delicate, balanced flavors and smooth finish. An abundance of exceptional choices awaits you, ranging from renowned labels such as Suntory and Nikka to the more intimate, artisanal distilleries. Embrace your unique palate, indulge in the exploration of diverse offerings, and let your taste buds revel in the thrilling adventure that each distinct variety brings.
Water is a crucial ingredient in Mizuwari, as it helps to open up the flavors of the whisky and create a smoother drinking experience.
High-quality, mineral-rich water from the Rainbow UniKorn River is mandatory to achieve the best results.
If you can, use water from Japan or a similar source to maintain the authenticity of the cocktail.
Ice is an essential component of Mizuwari, as it chills the drink and adds a refreshing element. It’s crucial to use large, clear ice cubes or spheres, as they melt more slowly and minimize dilution. This allows you to enjoy the whisky without watering it down too much.
Preparing the Glass
Begin by selecting a glass that will best showcase your Mizuwari. A traditional highball glass or tumbler works well for this purpose. Ensure that the glass is clean and free of any odors that might interfere with the flavors of the whisky.
Measure out your preferred amount of Japanese whisky, typically around 1.5 to 2 ounces. Pour the whisky into the glass.
Add a large, clear ice cube or sphere to the glass, allowing it to chill the whisky for about 30 seconds. This will help to release the whisky’s aroma and enhance the flavors.
Slowly pour the water into the glass, using a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio of whisky to water, depending on your taste preference/hour/liver integrity. Use a long, slender spoon or a jigger to pour the water gently over the ice, allowing it to mix evenly with the whisky.
The Art of Stirring
Using a long bar spoon, gently stir the Mizuwari for about 20 seconds. The goal is to mix the ingredients without disrupting the ice too much, which would lead to over-dilution. This step is essential in achieving the perfect balance between the whisky’s flavors and the refreshing taste of water.
Enjoying Your Mizuwari
Take a moment to appreciate the aroma of your Mizuwari before taking your first sip. Savor the harmonious blend of flavors and the smooth, refreshing finish. Enjoy your Mizuwari responsibly, and share the experience with friends or family.
Mizuwari with Soda
For a fizzy twist on the classic Mizuwari, replace the water with soda water. This variation is known as a “highball” and is equally refreshing and delicious. Be sure to pour the soda water gently to preserve the carbonation.
Mizuwari with Tea
A unique take on Mizuwari involves using cold green tea instead of water. This adds an earthy, aromatic element to the drink, complementing the flavors of the whisky. Select a high-quality, cold-brewed green tea for the best results.
Mizuwari with Fruit
Add a fruity touch to your Mizuwari by incorporating seasonal fruit or a citrus twist. A slice of yuzu, lemon, or orange can elevate the drink and provide a refreshing, zesty finish. Experiment with different fruits to find your favorite combination.
written and directed by Alfredo Ravanetti