Leave it to Jay McInerney’s Bright, Precious Days, to breathe wonderful life back into the grand, New York novel. One scene takes place in a secret restaurant where shirako is on the menu (go on, Google it). They drink a Rudyard Kipling; an East meets West combination of ingredients (mischievously named for the writer who wrote that East and West would never meet). I modified the recipe, replacing the bourbon with gin, and renamed it for the author’s wife.
2 oz. gin
.5 oz Umeshu
2 dashes blood orange bitters
Ume (Asian Plum) peel for garnish
Stir the gin and Umeshu with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Dash with the bitters.
Garnish with the ume peel.