Tastes Like Umami: 5 Cocktails To Savour

Umami cocktail

Umami, which is most frequently connected to the savoury flavour of mushrooms, is in fact a taste receptor that reacts to glutamate, an amino acid that is present in a variety of foods. With sweet, sour, salty, and bitter, umami has been dubbed the fifth taste. It can enhance the complexities and depth of food and cocktails. Umami ingredients have the power to improve and elevate a drink's taste if utilized properly.

We'll be sharing some of the best recipes for umami cocktails here. For those who wish to delve deeper into the world of umami and elevate their cocktail game, these drinks are ideal.

Umami cocktail

1. Yuzu Martini

A well-balanced and refreshing cocktail, the Yuzu Martini is ideal for individuals seeking a low-alcohol content beverage. With a hint of yuzu juice for extra citrus notes and a slightly higher shochu-to-vermouth ratio, this shochu cocktail is a great take on the traditional dry martini. The shochu pairs well with meals because it brings out the umami flavours in food. 

Ingredients

65 ml shochu
25 ml dry Vermouth
2-5 dashes of Yuzu Juice
1 dash of Orange Bitters
1 lemon Peel

Method

Mix Nankai Shochu, orange bitters, yuzu, and dry vermouth. Stir with ice until chilled. Pour into a coupe or martini glass after straining. Garnish with oil from the peel.

2. Magic Mushroom Cocktail

A quirky and delicious drink, the Magic Mushroom Cocktail is a savory delight making it definitely to please everyone. This cocktail has a vodka base and a punch of herbal and acidic flavours from amaro and lemon juice. The drink takes on an intriguing twist from the use of truffle olive oil and dill tincture, while the olive oil also adds a smooth and opulent mouthfeel. This cocktail is a fantastic illustration of how umami flavours can be used in mixed drinks.

Ingredients

45 ml Vodka
25 ml Amaro Lucano
25 ml Lemon Juice
6 drops Truffle Oil
6 drops Dill Tincture
Absinthe

Method

Use absinthe to rinse the glass or spray it. Mix vodka, amaro, lemon juice, dill tincture, and truffle oil and shake. Strain it into a glass. Cheers!

Umami cocktail

3. The Benefit

"The Benefit" is the perfect drink to serve your guests if you're searching for something different. Ginger, lemongrass, and grapefruit come together in this lovely pink sake cocktail to create a flavour that is both complex and fresh. It will give you extra heat thanks to the vodka addition, making it ideal for a night out.

Ingredient

6 stalks fresh lemongrass
3-inch piece fresh ginger
50 grams sugar
240 ml vodka
950 ml premium sake
355 ml freshly squeezed pink or ruby red grapefruit juice
120 ml freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice

Method

Cut off the woody top half and bottom end of each lemongrass stalk, saving the tops for garnish. Add the remaining segments to a small food processor after roughly chopping them. Peel and coarsely chop the ginger, then add it to the food processor with the sugar. Pulse until all the ingredients are nicely chopped. Pour the lemongrass mixture into a nonreactive bowl, quart-sized mason jar, or 4-cup glass measuring cup. Keep it for 15 minutes in roo temperature. Add the vodka and mix. Strain vodka into a pitcher, pressing down slightly to release the flavour from the solids. Add the sake, Meyer lemon juice, and grapefruit juice, and stir. Pour into glasses filled with ice. Garnish with the lemon grass stalk without the woody parts.

4. Dirty Martini

A timeless cocktail that has been enjoyed since the middle of the 1800s is the dirty martini. It's a straightforward but elegant cocktail that tastes briny and salty from the addition of olive brine to gin. Additionally, the olives give the cocktail a distinct umami flavour.

Ingredients

75 ml dry gin
15 ml dry vermouth
15 ml olive brine
3 large olives to garnish

Method

Fill a mixing glass with lots of ice. Add the olive brine, vermouth, and gin. Mix until thoroughly chilled. Strain it into a martini glass. Garnish with three large skewered olives.

5. Bloody Bull Cocktail

A savoury take on the traditional Bloody Mary, the Bloody Bull Cocktail uses beef bone broth to enhance its umami flavour. It's prepared with vodka, tomato juice, hot sauce, lemon, and Worcestershire, and seasoned with paprika, chilli powder, and celery salt. The umami flavour boost provided by the addition of bone broth elevates this cocktail to a healthier level.

Ingredients

120 ml beef bone broth
60 ml vodka
120 ml tomato juice
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon horseradish
pinch of freshly ground black pepper
1 dash of hot sauce
Celery stalk, jalapeño slices, and lemon wedges for garnishing

Method

Mix all the ingredients except the garnish with ice; gently shake to blend. Strain into the highball glass on top of the ice. Add a lemon wedge, jalapeño slices, and a celery stalk as garnish. And that's it! Cheers!

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