This week back in 1980, Japanese video game designer Toru Iwatani helped arcades go co-ed…by inventing a game for gals. Feast your ears upon the story of Pac-Man, then gobble up this eponymous custom cocktail:
“Pac-Man,” as cooked up by bartender Kentaro Wada at the Shiba Park Hotel’s Bar Fifteen in Tokyo.
In a shaker, add:
- 1 oz. vodka
- 4 fresh basil leaves (muddled gently with the vodka)
- 1.5 oz. pineapple juice
- 1.5 oz. orange juice
Prepare a low ball glass with a rim of salt and Parmesan cheese (mixed).
Add the biggest ice cube(s) you can find. (Kentaro uses a large, glass-sized ice ball that looks like Pac-Man’s power pill). Shake the mixture and strain into the glass. Then garnish with a toothpick skewered with:
1 leaf of fresh basil wedge of mini tomato 1 black olive
Serve to friends for 25 cents per glass. Chase with ghosts.