One way to make a Japanese inspired cocktail is by using the Japanese liqueur Shochu which is gaining popularity with drinkers around the world due in part to it's lower calorie content than other liqueurs. As a liqueur it has an earthy taste which mixes well with a number of different flavors.
One cocktail to try is the Shochuini which combines Shochu with another Japanese alcohol - Sake.
3 oz Shochu
2 oz Sake
1 oz vodka
1 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
Pop all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well before straining into a cocktail glass to serve.
If this recipe doesn't appeal to you then check out the selection of recipes that I have compiled for you on my Japanese Inspired Cocktails website. It includes the recipe for my favorite (at the moment anyway!) one which is Melon Cream Soda.
I'm not the only person writing about Japanese inspired cocktails it seems that Eastern influences continue to gain popularity and this has culminated in a great book which is written by a Japanese lady now living in New York by the name of Yuri Kato.
I particularly liked the cover of the book when I first saw it as it really seems to embrace the Japanese influence.
Yuri Kato was not only born in Japan, but is well known in cocktail circles as she is a publisher of the Cocktail Times among other things. In this book she compiles over 60 cocktail recipes that range from the classic ones that include ingredients such as the two above as well as Japanese whisky to original ones which creatively blend traditional Japanese flavors with non-Japanese spirits like vodka and tequila.