Get the recipe for Bar Besuto’s Yakult Milk Punch

Bartender Rusty Russell's drink lands on the Boothby Top 50 Drinks of the Year in 2023.

This drink is one of the Boothby Top 50 Drinks of the Year 2023 — you can see the full Top 50 here.

Bar Besuto is something of a temple to Japanese whisky — the Circular Quay bar opened midway through 2023, with more than 150 drams from Japan on offer.

There’s cocktails here, too, like this Milk Punch from bartender James Rusty Russell — get the recipe below. He pairs Toki Whisky, a duo of vermouths, Campari, and the gentian liqueur Suze, with a little whack of Yakult.

Yakult Milk Punch


  • 30ml Toki whisky
  • 15ml Suze
  • 15ml Campari
  • 15ml Madenii Rosso
  • 15ml Cinzano
  • 10ml orange juice
  • 10ml Yakult

Clarified through a microbag.

Garnish with a quenelle of mizunara gelato and a spritz of orange zest.


From the drink’s originator, Rusty Russell:

“Japanese whisky is well known for its refined and delicate character, however, its elegance can easily be lost amongst bolder elements in a cocktail. What we love about this drink is that it appears minimalist  and is exuberant and playful in nature.”

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