When I was experimenting with The Vicki Petticoat, I came across Japanese Plum Wine. It’s a lovely cocktail ingredient, so I’ve been working on how to fit it into another drink.

Now if you are a regular reader of this blog (and if so, hello, pull up a chair), then you’ll know that I love the old school process of making cocktails. As I’ve said before, they’re classics for a reason.

But, even I like to mix up a classic now and again.

Playing around with a few things, I eventually fell into boulevardier territory, which has always been a favourite of mine. A bit of experimentation led to me swapping out the vermouth for the plum wine, and lo and behold the Lost in Translation was born…


  • 60ml Rye whisky (I went for Rittenhouse Rye)
  • 60ml Japanese plum wine
  • 30ml Campari
  • Slice of orange peel for garnish


Prepare your old fashioned glass with a large ice cube.

Add all ingredients (apart from the orange peel) into a separate mixing glass with plenty of ice.

Stir gently for 30 seconds.

Strain your drink into your glass.

Give your orange peel a little twist to release some of the orange oil over your drink.

Add your peel to the drink as a garnish, and enjoy.