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Batter Up! Holly Graham's Tokyo Confidential Debuts Baseball-Inspired Cocktail Menu


Batter Up! Azabujuban bar Tokyo Confidential has just launched a new cocktail menu: Second Base, an ode to the team’s love of baseball and its community spirit. The new cocktail menu, Second Base, comes complete with collectable cards, special edition jersey-style uniforms and baseball puns for days. 

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“Before moving to Tokyo, I was on the road and listening to music - which is where I get some of my best ideas - and I just had this vision almost like a hypothetical music video of a baseball bat, but instead of the ball it was smashing into cocktails. That’s where the idea first came about, and it grew from there,” says Founder Holly Graham.

While most people may think of baseball as a traditional American pastime, the sport is a big part of culture in Asia, especially Japan, and one of Tokyo Confidential’s bartenders Kouki Taguchi even played semi-professionally before pursuing a career in bars. “I was first introduced to the culture of baseball when I moved to Korea in 2012, and really fell in love with it when I started traveling to Japan,” adds Graham. 

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Each of the cocktails on Second Base is a cheeky nod to baseball terminology or traditions. Cocktail highlights include the highball-style Katsuo Isono, with gin, myoga, bonito, ume, lychee, agricole rum and ponzu. A nod to the leadoff hitter (as well as the popular Japanese anime character), this refreshing and crushable cocktail is quick to finish - just like the player who bats first from the team’s lineup.

 

Sayonara Mr. Spalding

Served in a 3D printed baseball carried to the table in a baseball glove, the Sayonara Mr. Spalding is a home run of a drink featuring bourbon, sweet vermouth, strawberry mistelle, Campari and habanero. 

Glizztini

The savory Glizztini recreates the quintessential game day hot dog in drink form, with gin, mugi shochu, tomato, mezcal, onion brine and MSG. Garnished with red and yellow cacao butter to mimic the typical ketchup and mustard accoutrements, the martini-style drink is pure nostalgia in a glass served in true TC style. 

Mangoes to the Game

Bringing a bit of tropical flair to the menu, Mangoes To The Game combines aged rum, gunpowder rum, Doburoku, mango demerara, seaweed and lime served in a custom TC baseball helmet. Stirred and served with an awamori and peach cream float and red heart-shaped chocolate garnish, Heart of the Plate features pisco, kome shochu, coconut, blue plum and absinthe.

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The menu is presented as a wallet used to collect baseball cards, with individual cards for each of the drinks. Each drink card features a player from Tokyo Confidential, along with the drink’s name, ingredients and tasting notes. For guests interested in taking home a piece of TC, the baseball jersey-style uniforms will also be available to purchase at the bar in limited quantities. There will also be some new bites on offer, with baseball inspired snacks launching soon.

Tokyo Confidential is located at 9F, THE V CITY PLACE, 1 Chome 6-1 Azabujuban, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0045, Japan, and is open Mondays through Saturdays from 6pm to 1am, and Sundays from 6pm to 12am. For more information, visit www.tokyoconfidential.com or follow on Instagram @tokyoconfidentialbar. 
 

Kanpai!

 

88 Bamboo Editorial Team