Cocktails with a Philosophical Undertone at Naka Kaiseki

When you work in a creative business, figuring out what inspires you — and tapping into those channels on a regular basis — is essential to continuously innovate. Behind the bar, juices must (figuratively) flow in order to concoct new creations for your beverage menu. 

At Naka Kaiseki in Seattle, bartender Nik Virrey admits that diving intensely into a given subject is what sparks his brain. Now, mix that with philosophical undertones and an understanding of flavor profiles and balance. In this sneak peek, brought to you by the Foodable WebTV Network, get a glimpse of how Naka’s bar operates.

Naka, a Gin & Tonic Deconstruction and Charcoal Cocktails

Naka, a Gin & Tonic Deconstruction and Charcoal Cocktails

We’re kicking off Season 4 of “Across the Bar” at Seattle’s Naka Kaiseki. an eatery that highlights Japanese cuisine and handcrafted cocktails that compliment and balance these unique flavors.

We’re joined by Nik Virrey, bartender at Naka, who originally got into the business through coffee.

“Coffee’s my starting point to kind of facilitate me going through college,” says Virrey. “And I’m like an undercover geek, so intensity on a given subject…always sparks my brain.”

As Virrey started observing that bartenders were treating their bottles like he had treated coffee, a connection was made. “Once I kind of peeked into that door, there was no looking back.”

In this episode, Virrey prepares three drinks for us. 

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Cocktails With a Philosophical Undertone at Seattle’s Naka Kaiseki

When you work in a creative business, figuring out what inspires you — and tapping into those channels on a regular basis — is essential to continuously innovate. Behind the bar, juices must (figuratively) flow in order to concoct new creations for your beverage menu. 

At Naka Kaiseki in Seattle, bartender Nik Virrey admits that diving intensely into a given subject is what sparks his brain. Now, mix that with philosophical undertones and an understanding of flavor profiles and balance. In this sneak peek, brought to you by the Foodable Network, get a glimpse of how Naka’s bar operates. And make sure to stay tuned for the full “Across the Bar” episode, coming soon!