Shochu Cocktail Recipe: Nankai Gold Fashioned

Japanese Old Fashioned
Japanese Old Fashioned
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Nankai Gold Fashioned

Our take on the classic Old Fashioned. We’ve replaced whiskey with our award-winning Nankai Gold Shochu which has been barrel-aged in a variety of casks for balance and depth. Many have told us the Nankai Gold Fashioned is their favorite Old Fashioned so we’d love to hear if you agree.
Prep Time1 minute
Cook Time4 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Cocktail
Keyword: Angostura, barrel-aged, bitters, old fashioned, orange peel, shochu, whisky cocktail
Servings: 1
Calories: 144kcal
Author: Nankai


  • 2 oz. Nankai Gold Premium Barrel-Aged Shochu
  • 1 tsp Sugar kokuto black sugar recommended
  • 3 dashes Dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 1 splash Soda water
  • 1 Orange Peel


  • Add sugar, Angostura bitters, and splash of soda water to a rocks glass. Muddle.
  • Add 2 oz. of Nankai Gold.
  • Add large ice cube and stir 10 times.
  • Express orange peel over drink (pith facing away) and garnish.


– You can use less sugar, if you wish. Or experiment with different kinds of sugar. Maple Syrup or Honey are fun twists.
– You can experiment with different kinds of bitters, too. No more than 2-3 dashes are necessary.
– We don’t use cherries in our Old Fashioneds but feel free to do you.


Serving: 2oz | Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.2g | Sugar: 4.2g

Nankai Gold Fashioned = Japanese Old Fashioned

The Nankai Gold Fashioned was born our of love for whisky cocktails, and we really wanted to create a Japanese version. When you think of whisky cocktails, the classic Old Fashioned is probably the first one that comes to mind. And it’s a timeless template worthy of this honor.

Not surprisingly, the Old Fashioned has many origin stories, and a popular one goes back to 1880 to a bartender named James E. Pepper who worked at a private club in Louisville, Kentucky. If you’d like a pretty thorough breakdown of the Old Fashioned’s history, this write-up on Slate is great.

Regardless of how the Old Fashioned came to be, it’s one of the tried and true recipes. When you apply the same techniques and ingredients to a craft spirit like shochu, particularly one that has been barrel-aged in American White Oak and French Limousin Oak, what do you suppose you’ll get? A damn good Old Fashioned is what. Indeed, a shochu Old Fashioned is damn good. (Don’t be too surprised or offended. Famed bartender Jerry Thomas wrote up his Old Fashioned as a gin cocktail.)

If you’d like to try Nankai Gold and the Nankai Gold Fashioned, check out our Store Locator page for help finding Nankai near you or an online partner that might ship to you. You won’t regret this tasty Japanese Old Fashioned.