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Courtesy of Gardner Dunn, brand ambassador, Suntory Whisky

The most straightforward and revered of the Japanese cocktail canon, this drink revolves around an elaborate ritual that rivals the tea ceremony. The name (mizu means water; wari means cut) basically means that the whisky is cut with a sparkling soda water to create a highball-style drink. And no, we’re not making up the part about stirring 13½ times.


1¼ ounces Suntory Toki
3 ounces sparkling water
Lemon peel or mint leaf, to garnish (optional)


Add 2 or 3 cubes of ice to a highball glass. Stir with a bar spoon to chill the glass. Pour out any melted water. Pour the whisky into the glass. Stir clockwise 13½ times to chill the whiskey. Add the water. Stir clockwise 3½ times to blend. Garnish, if desired.