Want a cocktail with Julie Ohno’s special touch? She leaves clues for you on The Rieger cocktail menu—Quentin Tarantino references. Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2 were particularly inspiring and one of her creations, the O-Ren Ishii, has graduated to the Rieger Classic Cocktails list.
The Japanese-American warrior O-Ren Ishii, code name Cottonmouth, played by Lucy Lui in Kill Bill Vol. 1, inspires the cocktail. “I knew that I wanted to make a cocktail called O-Ren Ishii for about four years, but I knew that when I did it, it had to be amazing because of this character,” says Ohno.
The cocktail, which is a riff on the classic Seelbach cocktail, mixes Japanese whiskey with J. Rieger Whiskey to mimic the character’s mixed heritage. Add a touch of lemon, a splash of Aperol, a bit of passion fruit syrup and a crown of rosé bubbles, and you’re ready for an edible flower garnish. And while you may think that with a base of two types of whiskey, this would be a robust cocktail (think a Manhattan or Old Fashioned) the addition of passion fruit syrup softens the burn so you’ll hardly realize that the knife has gone in, just like O-Ren would want it.
The O-Ren Ishii
1 ounce Japanese whiskey (Rieger uses Iwai Japanese Whiskey)
3/4 unce J. Rieger Whiskey
1/2 ounce Aperol
1/4 ounce of lemon juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce passion fruit syrup (1:1 ratio of passion fruit puree and simple syrup)
Combine whiskeys, Aperol, lemon juice, and syrups in a Boston shaker and shake vigorously over ice. Strain into a coupé glass, top with sparkling rosé and garnish with an edible blossom. The Rieger uses violas, but marigolds, nasturtiums or pansies will also work.