CHEERS! Enter the Dragon
Enter the Dragon
Sure, the name of this drink clearly is a play on words referring to Bruce Lee’s famous karate movie, but when I saw it I couldn’t help think of the old saying, “Beyond this place there be dragons,” something I would expect ancient people to say about places they couldn’t see beyond the horizon.
When applied to this drink at Suehiro Japanese Restaurant & Sushi, 541 Main St., I can imagine that drinking too many of them one might actually see dragons, something that tempts me since I’ve never actually seen one.
The ingredients are pretty interesting. It starts with Vodka, of course, as any good specialty drink should, but one that’s infused with dragon fruit. Yeah, that’s the weird fruit that looks like a combination of an artichoke and a pineapple, but bright red like it’s on fire.
Pretty, but a little scary.
Throw in there a Ty Ky Citrus Liqueur, which is kind of an yuzu-flavored saki. The first time I saw an yuzu was back in the 1970s in Okinawa. It’s like a small grapefruit, but peels more like a tangerine.
The concoction is topped off with, well, what else but pineapple juice. Perfect ingredients for a Japanese restaurant to use.
The taste is subtle, and makes for a good before-dinner drink.
But as with any alcoholic beverage, too much is too much.
You might find yourself drawing your sword and slay some oversized lizards you suddenly see sliding across the table, or pulling some hikido move on your dinner mates.
Keep in mind, though, they’re probably drinking one, too, and likely will counter with a classic judo chop.
— Charles Ashby