Morimoto’s mixes up new cocktails

Masaharu Morimoto, known to millions as the star of “Iron Chef” and “Iron Chef America,” is welcoming the addition of fun, new cocktails at his Morimoto Maui at Andaz Maui at Wailea.

“We held a bartender cocktail contest and Jayson Ramos won with his cocktail, the Shiso Sunrise,” says the restaurant’s Bar Manager Ryan Cabating. “Meant to be tart, yet refreshing, it has housemade ginger/shiso simple syrup from Jayson’s recipe and it also utilizes fresh cucumbers.”

Other drinks debuting this summer include the Molokini Mule, a twist on the Moscow Mule with shochu and yuzu; the Green Flash Margarita with shishito peppers and cilantro; and the Lychee-tini in a glass rimmed with ginger powder and sugar.

“All of our drinks are meant for the good of our guests’ moods,” Cabating continues. “All of them have respect for our food in mind and all have the bar’s representation of Chef Morimoto’s flair.”

The signature cuisine seamlessly integrates Western ingredients with traditional Japanese culinary sensibilities and techniques. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant boasts a dramatic, yet warm and welcoming decor, capturing the essence of Hawaii’s lush and tropical setting.

Menu highlights include hamachi tacos, toro tartare, Wagyu beef carpaccio and rock shrimp tempura. Call 879-1234.