The Story Behind The Aka Ranger
From “The Japanese Art of the Cocktail," by esteemed bartender Masahiro Urushido and writer Michael Anstendig, the Aka Ranger celebrates shochu, Japan’s national spirit. It’s inspired by the Hot Toddy and incorporates jasmine mulled wine into the mixture for a subtly floral flavor. “Aka means ‘red’ in Japanese and reminds me of the autumn leaves in my hometown,” says Urushido. “By watching the Japanese animated ‘Five Rangers’ TV series that we all enjoyed growing up, the drink brings back a lot of countryside memories.”
Hot Jasmine Mulled Wine Ingredients
- 1 750-milliliter bottle semi-dry Riesling wine
- 3 fresh Bosc pears, sliced
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 cup white port wine
- 1 tablespoon jasmine pearl tea leaves
- Zest of 1 lemon, cut into strips with a peeler or paring knife
Hot Jasmine Mulled Wine Directions
- In a saucepan, bring all ingredients, except the white port and jasmine tea, to a gentle simmer over medium-low heat.
- Cook for 15 minutes, then allow to cool.
- Strain through cheesecloth and add white port and jasmine tea leaves.
- Allow to steep for 3 minutes then strain into an airtight, non-reactive glass 1-quart container and store refrigerated for up to 1 month.