Shochu Cocktail: Nakatomi Tower Josh Gates Tonight

Nakatomi Tower Josh Gates Cocktail Nankai
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Nakatomi Tower (from Josh Gates Tonight)

Nankai Shochu was featured on the Discovery Channel's Josh Gates Tonight in a fun cocktail called "the Nakatomi Tower." Including Nankai in the same sentence as "Die Hard" and Josh Gates is an honor!
Prep Time3 minutes
Cook Time3 minutes
Total Time6 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Cocktail
Keyword: discovery channel, josh gates, nakatomi tower, nankai shochu, shochu, Shochu cocktail, yuzu
Servings: 1
Calories: 148kcal
Author: Josh Gates


  • Cocktail Shaker


  • 1.5 oz Nankai Shochu
  • 2 halves Apricots, peeled
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • oz Yuzu Juice
  • 1 oz Lemonade
  • 3 pcs Luxardo Maraschino cherries
  • 2 pcs Grapefruit


  • Muddle apricots in shaker.
  • Fill shaker with ice.
  • Add shochu, simple syrup and yuzu.
  • Shake well and strain over ice.
  • Top with lemonade.
  • Garnish with cherries and grapefruit.



Nutritional information does not include garnish.


Serving: 4oz | Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Sugar: 21g

The Discovery Channel’s late night talk show Josh Gates Tonight stealthily featured Nankai Shochu in a yuzu cocktail known as the Nakatomi Tower. We say stealthily since the program never shows the front of a brand’s bottle. But, we’d recognize that back label anywhere.

A cocktail enthusiast, host and adventurer Josh Gates often mixes up a drink on his popular Expedition Unknown show as well as his talk show. The cocktails are often movie-themed to match the episode. For example, he covered Ocean’s Eleven with a Danny Ocean cocktail.

In case you were wondering, Nakatomi Tower was the setting for the holiday movie Die Hard (did we just say something controversial?). The Nakatomi Tower cocktail includes Nankai Shochu, simple syrup, yuzu, apricots and a splash of lemonade for a refreshing drink, perfect for relaxing after a long night of battling terrorists.

Screenshots from Josh Gates Tonight on Discovery.

To have shochu, especially Nankai Shochu, featured on a national television program is an honor. Hopefully, it will generate more interest in the shochu category. You can watch the making of the cocktail in the Josh Gates Tonight clip below:

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Featured cocktail photo credit is to the Discovery Channel.