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Christian Suzuki

Christian Suzuki

Cocktail Name: HŌSEKI

Hōseki means “Jewel” in Japanese. When I think of the world ‘Pride’, I’m unapologetically proud of who I am: my sexual identity, my heritage, my jovial laughs, my bitterness, my florescence. I’m a shimmering jewel, a one of a kind; that is my pride.


  • 1 Part Jägermeister
  • 1 Part Cognac
  • 1 Part Mancino Sakura Vermouth
  • 1/8 Part Crème de Pêche
  • 1 Pinch of Salt

Glassware: Rocks + large ice cube

Garnish: Edible Flower

Method: Combine all the ingredients into a mixing glass, stir for 15-20 seconds, strain over a large cube, and garnish with an edible flower

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Created by Christian Suzuki of San Francisco Bay Area, CA


Cocktail Inspiration:

Most of my cocktails lean towards Japanese-forward ingredients, and this was no exception. I believe now more than ever to be unapologetically who I am. Especially during this strange time with violence against the Asian American community, I want to express the pride of my heritage. I wanted to develop a cocktail that balances Jägermeister with fruity/floral. Obviously, Sakura ingredients are a staple in Japanese cuisine; however, peach is also an incredibly iconic fruit to the country. Jägermeister pairs well with stone fruits, and in opposition of its voluptuous and sharp herbal notes, its marriage to floral ingredients is quite the match. The addition of salt allows for the Jägermeister to still shine through in an equal part cocktail.

Get to Know Christian Suzuki
SF Bay Area, CA Bartender
 SF Bay Area, CA Bartender

My name is Christian Suzuki, based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. Though I was born here, I spent my earlier years in Tokyo, where my mother is from. I would make my way back on numerous occasions to learn more about hospitality through the training of my grandparents at their restaurants.

In the last decade, I’ve had the utmost privilege of tending bars all around San Francisco at some of the most notably recognized and industry-respected bars and restaurants.

In 2020 I launched the Kagano Pop-Up, an ode to my grandmother’s bar she owned and operated in the 1950s-60s. Though my pop-up’s focus includes Japanese ingredients, my experiences, and memories in Japan—I pledge to create a space and uplift, support, cross-promote and collaborate with other communities and hospitality workers who identify as POC, LGBTQ+, of all genders, immigration statuses, and physical or intellectual working conditions through events and fundraisers.

Christian's Tips & Tricks

*If the Mancino Sakura Vermouth is not available, it can be substituted with Lillet Rose or Pineau des Charentes

What Does Hospitality Mean To You Christian?

Hospitality to me is a bond between host and guest that transcends past a singular service experience. It’s comfort and a safe space where anyone and everyone can co-exist as a community without the fear of discrimination or judgment. It’s a moment away from one’s reality, giving ourselves a break from routine or personal roadblocks, as we all have them. It’s a memory that you want to re-live over and over, because maybe you had a impactful conversation, or met someone who is a part of your daily life, or laughed harder than you ever had, or perhaps it may have brought out the absolute best of you.