Original Must-Try Cocktails at the Chic and Jazzy “Kanazawa Music Bar”


Kanazawa Music Bar (KMB) opened in April, 2017 on first floor of Kaname Inn Tatemachi, specializing in original cocktails using local ingredients. Have a taste of Kanazawa in your glass!

The Original Moscow Mule, Ginza Music Bar Style

The Original Moscow Mule, Ginza Music Bar Style, available at Kanazawa Music Bar for their one year anniversary

A ginger lover’s dream, inspired by the Ginza Music Bar’s drink. The strong syrup is handmade here at Kanazawa Music Bar. The heat of ginger down the throat followed by a spreading sweetness feels so good. This little nightcap is sure to be addictive.

Vodka / Original Ginger Syrup / Lime / Soda

Kaki Old Fashioned

Kaki Old Fashioned, a twist on a classic using persimmon, at kanazawa music bar

The classic Old Fashioned is often an American whiskey—or even raw whiskey, depending on the recipe—over ice with bitters and a bit of citrus: orange, lemon, or lime. KMB’s version uses a rye whiskey infused with persimmon, called kaki in Japanese.

Try it with a melted sugar cube and the citrus of your choice, or change it up to follow the melodic story set out by the evening’s Music Selector.

Persimmon-infused Rye Whiskey / Persimmon / Orange

Original Lemon Sour

The Original Lemon Sour at Kanazawa Music Bar

At Japanese izakayas, drinks labeled “sour” often refer to highballs made with shochu. At Kanazawa Music Bar, we’ve concocted this Lemon Sour in our original style, beginning with gin infused with the regional citrus, yuzu, from the neighboring Yuwaku hot spring area. Along with chunks of lemon and fresh lemon juice, this drink finishes with with a yuzu accent.

Yuzu-Infused Gin / Lemon / Soda

Kanazawa Yuzu Mojito

The classic Cuban cocktail was said to have been a favorite of Hemingway’s. The flavor of the Asian citrus yuzu makes the mojito even more refreshing, and the cider produced in Kanazawa’s onsen town of Yuwaku makes it an exquisite—and truly exclusive—cocktail. Drink it in the sunshine on Kaname’s terrace along to chilled-out tunes.

Rum / Mint / Yuzu Otome Cider from Ishikawa

Kaga-Umeshu Connection

Based on the cocktail named after the 1971 movie “French Connection,” this version uses southern Ishikawa’s famous Kaga Umeshu. The sweet and tangy Japanese plum liqueur makes a perfect match for brandy.

Brandy / Kaga-Umeshu (plum liqueur) from Ishikawa / Orange Peel

Highball: Hokuriku Edit

The Highball: Hokuriku Edit at Kanazawa Music Bar, available during their anniversary celebration

Start with a base of Sunshine Whiskey from the Wakatsuru Sake Brewery in Hokuriku. Infuse it with yuzu, Japan’s pride in citrus produce. Finally, a splash of Japanese pepper bitters to enhance the flavor and add crisp, making for a refreshing and original highball.

Toyama Yuzu-infused Sunshine Whiskey  / Japanese Pepper

Kanazawa Music Bar
1F Kaname Inn Tatemachi
41 Tatemachi, Kanazawa
18:00 p.m. – 24:00,
Fridays & Saturdays

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