WKND Drinks: Madame Masako

This weekend, concoct a bright cocktail with a dash of nostalgia.

Bartender Rogerio Vaz is a man of delightful contradictions: he's a Brazilian transplant in Tokyo who works at an off-the-beaten-path cocktail bar that specializes in … absinthe. Sure! We asked Vaz for a weekend drink using his favorite spirit. (Absinthe hasn't always been a thing in Japan, but Vaz is on a mission to change that.) The resulting libation—Madame Masako, named after a fabled vintage-shop owner in the neighborhood—is both refreshing and more than a little likely to make your fingertips go tingly after your second round. Careful, there!

Level: Easy
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Ingredients

  • ⅔ oz. Nikka Hirosaki Apple Brandy
  • 1 oz. Hoshiko Plum Liqueur
  • 1 oz. blueberry jam
  • ½ oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. Butterfly Absinthe
  • 4 dashes aromatic bitters

Directions

  1. Rim a cocktail glass with absinthe and white powdered sugar.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice, fine strain into glass.
  3. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
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