Shochu Cocktail Recipe: Nankai Margherita Martini

Nankai Shochu Tomato Basil Cocktail
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5 from 18 votes

Nankai Margherita

This cocktail was directly responsible for Nankai Shochu co-founders Paul and Mai getting married. This delicious cocktail takes advantage of Nankai Shochu's umami-enhancing properties and perfectly marries tomatoes with basil, lemon, and a little sweetness.
Prep Time1 minute
Cook Time4 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Cocktail
Keyword: basil, cocktail, lemon, margherita, shochu, summer, tomatoes, umami
Servings: 1
Calories: 134kcal
Author: Nankai


  • Cocktail Shaker


  • 2 oz Nankai Shochu or Nankai Gold
  • 6 Grape tomatoes
  • 3 Basil leaves
  • Lemon
  • 1 tsp Honey


  • Muddle tomatoes and basil in shaker.
    6 Grape tomatoes, 3 Basil leaves
  • Add shochu, juice of lemon, and honey.
    2 oz Nankai Shochu or Nankai Gold, ⅓ Lemon, 1 tsp Honey
  • Add ice and wet shake vigorously.
  • Strain and serve in a coupe or martini glass.


  • Feel free to make this boozier by upping the ounces of shochu from 2 oz to 3 oz or for using Nankai Gold (43% abv) instead of regular Nankai Shochu (24% abv).
  • Feel free to use agave or simple syrup or other sweetener in lieu of honey. If it’s a diluted syrup, add a touch more.
  • This cocktail is excellent with food, including fish, chicken, and pasta dishes.


Serving: 4oz | Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.1g | Sugar: 13.2g

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