Fruit Cocktails by Masayoshi Tainaka at Bar Le Refuge (1): Kiwi Fruit!

Service: Pro and very friendly, if a bit shy
Facilities: Great overall cleanliness. Beautiful washroom.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Great Fruit Cocktails. Very quiet and relaxing bar. Difficult to find liqueurs.

Shizuoka Prefecture is actually the third producer of kiwi fruits in Japan way ahead of the rest!
It is full season for all kind of varieties during the winter and here is another basic recipe for any kind of this exquisite fruit!


Kiwi fruit: 1
Sugar (if possible “wasanbon satou/和三盆砂糖”): 2 small teaspoons
Bacardi white rum: 30 ml
Crushed ice
Mint leaves


Put the cut kiwi, sugar, Bacardi white rum in a blender and blend roughly.
Taste and rectify with a dash of rum if necessary.
Add crushed ice and blend again until smooth.
Pour into an elegant cup glass.
Decorate with a half slice of kiwi fruit and a sprig of fresh mint.
Provide straws.

Very sophisticated and satisfying freshness.
A lady’s favorite, but as a man I was extremely pleased!
A very healthy cocktail actually!

BAR Le Refuge
420-0858 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenma-cho, 9-15, Ribelute-Hirano 1F-B (within walking distance from Cenova)
Tel.: 054-221-0339
Opening hours: 18:00~02:00
Closed on Sundays


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14 thoughts on “Fruit Cocktails by Masayoshi Tainaka at Bar Le Refuge (1): Kiwi Fruit!”

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    1. Dear Sissi!
      Well done indeed!
      It certainly looks beautiful!
      Thank you so much for the link!
      More coming by the way as I still have to interview four more bartenders before they start common cocktail series!
      Best regards,


      1. Robert-Gilles, thank you once more for the compliment! I am happy you don’t disapprove of my Cointreau/Grand Marnier addition making this cocktail a bit more French 🙂
        I am looking forward to the future cocktails.
        By the way, do you remember the kumquat recipe you have mentioned? I have my vodka infusing with kumquat and have bought some more I could maybe use in a cocktail 🙂


  2. Mission accomplished! I’m finishing my kiwi drink and it is extraordinary! I will write about it soon (I have added one ingredient, which makes it perfect). Thank you for this wonderful recipe!


  3. It sounds like a fantastic drink! If I skip the sugar, it might become one of my favourite cocktails. (I like slightly sour drinks, very dry wines etc.). Thank you for this excellent idea! Maybe I’ll even try it tonight (after the Passion Fruit Daiquiri I have just started 😉 ).


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