This drink was inspired by one of my favorite movie lines and scenes, being a lover of Japanese whisky. The line is from the movie “Lost in Translation” and is delivered by Bill Murray’s melancholy character in which he proclaims, “For relaxing times, make it Suntory time,” while holding a Hibiki on the rocks. The easy answer was to feature the namesake whisky in the cocktail while making an ode to his character’s experience struggling through the cultural and linguistic barriers of Japan. Often times finding himself... lost in translation, so I took the old-fashioned, but twisted around the ingredients to create a classic drink that was lost in translation!
Add all ingredients in a cocktail mixing glass and shake cocktail with ice. Strain over fresh ice in cocktail glass. Add a splash of sparkling water and garnish with an herb leaf - sage, rosemary or basil.
In a mixing glass, add bitters and sugar cube and muddle thoroughly. Add whiskey and ice, stir until chilled. Prepare cocktail glass with a rinse of absinthe or herbsaint and empty. Strain over fresh ice into the cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon peel twist.