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Stun the crowd with this luxurious Shoganai cocktail, complete with a platter of oysters on a bed of ice at any occasion. All you need are a few ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen, as well as some fresh oysters (prepared the old-fashioned way) with the drink.


  • 1 cup white (granulated) sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 6 cm freshly peeled ginger, cut into 5 mm slices
  • ⅓ cup lime juice
  • 2 cups vodka
  • 2 x (750 ml) sparkling wine

Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Add ginger to pan; stir over medium heat, without boiling, until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil; boil for 5 mins. Transfer to a heatproof jug; cool. Add lime juice and vodka to jug; cover and refrigerate until ready to use.


Pour 2 tbsps of the ginger vodka mixture into 8 chilled glasses; add a couple of pieces of the cooked ginger and a few slices of lime.


Just before serving, fill glasses with two 750 ml bottles of chilled sparkling wine. Serve cocktail with oysters on a bed of ice.

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