The Kobayashi – The Usual Suspects

The regular perpetrators.

I’m out of town this week, for my brother’s wedding! So, this is a quick update from the road.

19 years ago today, The Usual Suspects was released! Last year, the Partner in Crime and I watched this, for her first time, with a friend. For that event, I made a drink (two actually, but the first was bad), and I’ve updated it and hopefully made it better for this year. It’s a little bit Japanese, but maybe not. It’s that sense of mystery that keeps it going. Just like the character in the movie! Or something.

I was alone for this one, so apologies if the camera work isn’t as good. Also, I was the only one to taste it. Might it be horrible for anyone else but me? It certainly might.

Kobayashi Ingredients.

The Kobayashi

  • 1.5 oz gin (the only one I even vaguely enjoy is Hendrick’s, but to each their own.)
  • 1/2 tsp soy sauce (yup.)
  • 1 tsp ginger simple syrup (gotta use it somewhere. Again, it’s from this recipe.)
  • 1/4 oz fresh lemon juice (mine wasn’t fresh. Yours should be.)
  • tonic water
  • crystallized ginger slices (for a garnish)


Put everything except the tonic water in a rocks glass with ice. Fill up the glass with tonic, and garnish with the crystallized ginger!

Tasting Notes:

BN: This certainly had good flavors, but it was a little weird. However, I don’t really know if that was, say, the slightly flat tonic water (okay it was a little old, but I’m pretty sure it would be good with more fizz) or the fact that I don’t actually like gin… You’ll have to let me know what you guys think, because I’m not an impartial observer. Still, I think the flavors mesh well and it works overall.

PiC: I wasn’t here. I didn’t drink this. STOP ASKING ME QUESTIONS.

Kobayashi Close Up


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