Titled "Japan just wanna have fun," this cocktail dedicated to St. Valentine's is red, of course, and features Zacapa 15, a rum from Guatamala considered as amongst the best in the world. The cocktail was invented by Manabu Ohtake, who won the Diageo World Class 2011 bartender competition. On 14 February, some of Milan's best bartenders will be serving Japan just wanna have fun, including Francesco Cione at the Carlton Hotel Baglioni, Davide Paternesi at Just Cavalli, and Francesco Pierluigi at Park Hyatt Hotel, all in Milan.
The recipe is:
3 cl Zacapa 15
2 cl Grand Marnier
1/3 barspoon of powdered aniseed
10 fresh raspberries
1 cl rose syrup
0.5 cl fresh lemon juice
Orange peel and a cherry for decoration
Crush the raspberries and mix with powdered aniseed. Pour into a shaker, with the run, Grand Marnier, rose syrup and lemon juice. Shake and filter into a chilled Rock glass (low and wide). Cut the orange peel into a heart shape, and place it on the rim with the cherry.