Watch a Japanese Bartender Make the Most Complicated Cocktail Known to Man

23-year-old rum. Toasted wood chips. Digital smoke infusers. And we haven't even started mixing. While Japan has developed a reputation for lovingly crafted cocktails, Takumi Watanabe making a "Rum Martinez" is poetry in motion. Oh, did we mention that the drink is served with its own cigar?

If you're crazy enough to try it...


- 45 ml Ron Zacapa Centenario 23
- 45 ml Vermouth
- 1 tsp Maraschino
- 1 dash Original Rum Bitters
- wood chips


1. Rinse the inside of a decanter with rum.

2. Fill a teapot and strainer with wood chips, then toast the chips to ignite a small flame. Pour the rum from the decanter into the teapot—with the chips still smoking—and let sit.

3. Use the same wood chips and a smoke infuser to fill the decanter with smoke.

4. Stir the rest of the ingredients in a glass with ice, then strain into the decanter. Add the rum, cap the decanter, and gently swirl the mixture to let the flavors blend.

5. Slowly pour the decanter into a low cocktail glass, and serve with a light cigar.

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