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Umami on Ice Kuro | Hollywood, Fla.

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How apt that the Hachi cocktail falls under the “Umami” section of the beverage menu at Kuro, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The top-selling savory cocktail includes an umami-loaded Japanese four-mushroom-infused bourbon paired with mirin and a housemade black-pepper syrup. “This cocktail is a hit because it’s unexpected and pairs ingredients that you don’t normally see on a cocktail menu. It screams creativity,” says Antonia Vance, Kuro’s General Manager. “There is a nice weight to the cocktail from the mushroom-infused bourbon that gives it earthiness and pairs well with the sweetness of mirin.” She says Kuro will continue to expand the “Umami” category of the cocktail menu and experiment with infusions and fresh Japanese ingredients.

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