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World's Greatest Hotel Bartenders

Courtesy of Peninsula Tokyo

Mari Kamata
Tokyo

Hotel: The Peninsula, Tokyo

Bar: Peter

More than anywhere else, Japan’s rarefied, retro bartending scene is strictly an all-boys’ club, which makes Kamata’s commanding position as bar czar at the sky-high bar on top of the new Peninsula hotel all the more impressive. In the last 10 years, she’s risen from waitress to mixologist, passing the rigorous certification from the Hotel Bartenders Association and acing several local cocktail contests. Kamata is well known for her Tokyo Joe cocktail, which features a slug of Humphrey Bogart’s much-loved Drambuie and is served by the hotel in a specially designed glass.

Signature Cocktail: Tokyo Joe

  • 3/4 oz. Bombay Sapphire Gin
  • 1/2 oz. Drambuie
  • 3/4 oz. ume liquor
  • 1 1/2 oz. cranberry juice
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, top with ice, shake well, and strain into a martini glass.

World's Greatest Hotel Bartenders

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