The first bar program Waites Laseter ran in New Orleans was at a ramen restaurant, where the strongest spirit behind the bar was sake. “How do I make sake into something interesting?” he asked himself. The first iteration of this Sake Martini-esque cocktail was the result. Since then, it has followed him to Root, where he now makes it with creamy unfiltered nigori sake that he infuses with blood oranges, sweet-savory rosemary syrup, dry curaçao and a little vodka—to kick the ABV up a bit. Laseter torches the rosemary garnish tableside, filling the air with the aroma of rosemary and raised phones, as people Snapchat the fiery show.
Contributed by Waites Laseter