By Alison Bailin Batz
Photo courtesy of Sushi Roku
Did you know 2018 marks 10 years since Sushi Roku opened its doors in Scottsdale?
“We’ve thrived by offering guests a relaxing escape, even if just for a few hours, from the bustle of their busy lives,” says Guillermo Gutierrez, general manager at Sushi Roku. “And though we’ve constantly evolved to stay fresh for our guests year after year, one constant from almost the beginning has been our exceptionally refreshing Ginger Lychee Mojito.”
Sushi Roku’s Ginger Lychee Mojito ($15) starts with Cruzan Rum, which has a neutral flavor, almost like vodka, given it has not been aged.
“We don’t want it to overpower the other flavors, so we use this flavor profile by design,” Gutierrez says.
Next, the rum is muddled with five mint leaves and two lychees, which come from tropical trees in China and taste like a cross between a pear and watermelon, but with some tartness.
Then, three ingredients are added: simple syrup to play up the sweetness of the mint, lime juice to amp up the tartness of the lychee, and ginger to add an herbaceous note.
“After adding ice and shaking and straining over ice in a rocks glass, we add a small float of Pyrat XO Rum, a distinctly spicy aged spirit, and garnish with a lychee,” Gutierrez says.
The aged rum float – unlike the neutral rum used as the base – is meant to hit you first, giving off powerful vanilla and light cinnamon notes. Then, the tartness of the lychee and sweetness of the mint take over before the ginger leaves a clean, refreshing note at the end.
Sushi Roku, 7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.970.2121; www.sushiroku.com.