This is my submission to the Home Bar Awards August Challenge, ‘It’s Alive’. The challenge this month is to add a living culture, yogurt, kefir, kombucha etc to your cocktail. My husband suggested miso, and I just ran with it. You might think that coming up with a concept for putting Miso in a cocktail would be a challenge, but this one just came to me.
This cocktail a bit of a salty-sweet moment, with a slight smokiness to add some depth. I used Ten to One's white rum, which has a pepperiness that I thought would work perfectly in this drink, and I was right! Its the kind of thing that would pair perfectly with some small bites, and I immediately thought of making tiny cocktail sized spam masubi. This cocktail is dark and murky, perfectly fitting for something that’s alive.
Miso, It’s Alive!
2 oz. Ten to One White Rum
1/2 oz. Smoked Maple Miso syrup
1/4 oz. Scrappy Bitters Lime bitters
1/4 oz. lemon juice
Place all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake until chilled and slightly diluted. Double strain into a coupe glass and garnish with mini masubi!
Smoked Maple Miso syrup
1 part Ohsawa Yamaki Soybean Miso
4 parts Runamok Pecan Smoked Maple Syrup
Whisk the miso into the maple syrup until combined.
** note. I used a smoke flavored maple syrup, but you can always make this with a regular maple syrup and add a little liquid smoke.
Cocktail-sized Spam Masubi
1 can spam
2 cups uncooked sushi rice
1/4 cup smoked maple miso syrup