Madama Butterfly

ByAbbie Rudson

Toronto, ON


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Abbie's Cocktail Recipe

  • 5 cherries
  • 1.5oz pineapple and nori infused sake
  • 0.5oz dry vermouth
  • 0.25oz grapefruit syrup
  • 0.25oz Yuzu juice
  • Dash of shiso bitters
  • 3oz Mionetto Prosecco

De-pit and muddle cherries in a cocktail shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the Mionetto. Shake briefly with ice. Double strain over fresh ice into a wine glass. Top with Mionetto Prosecco and garnish with a shiso leaf and pineapple slice.

What inspired the drink?

The second I saw the cherries in the mystery basket my mind went to cherry blossoms which then lead to a (quick) daydream about Japan. I wanted the cherries to bring together my love for Japanese and Italian ingredients. By using common Japanese flavours such as shiso, sake and yuzu and using the cherries to couple them with the Mionetto Prosecco provided a perfect balance between my two favourite culinary destinations. The result- a refreshing, complex, yet simple amalgamation of flavours that are perfect for any day, at any time, in any place.

Madama Butterfly is an iconic Italian opera from the early 1900’s that depicted an initially tumultuous and eventually heartbreaking love affair between a U.S. Naval Officer and a young Japanese woman. Entrenched in Italian history with a large focus on Japanese culture, Madama Butterfly was the perfect name to express the union of ingredients within this cocktail.

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