Hiro Sake Celebrates Japanese Actress’s Broadway Debut with Signature Cocktail

Last week Ryoko Yonekura made her Broadway debut in the lead role of Roxie Hart in Chicago. The Japanese actress, who originated the role of the “merry murderess” in the Japanese-language production of the musical in 2008 and again in 2010, played an exclusive engagement from July 10 through 15 at the Ambassador Theatre.

A star of several television movies and series, Yonekura won the Kazuo Kikuta Drama Award for her portrayal of Scarlett O’Hara in the Japanese stage adaptation of Gone with the Wind. Yonekura will join the US national touring company of Chicago in Tokyo from August 30 through September 16.

To celebrate Yonekura’s appearance on Broadway, premium Japanese sake brewer Hiro Sake created a signature cocktail in the Japanese superstar’s honor. “The Funny Honey Hiro” was served to guests at the July 10 after party held at INC Lounge in the Time Hotel.

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Ryoko Yonekura with Hiro Sake's co-founder and CEO Carlos Arana (far right). Photo: Hiro Sake

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Guest enjoy Hiro Sake at the "Chicago" after party celebrating Ryoko Yonekura's Broadway debut. Photo: Hiro Sake

Here’s how to make The Funny Honey Hiro yourself:


3 oz. Hiro Junmai Sake
1.5 oz. Premium Vodka
Fresh Blackberries and Blueberries
Dash of Fresh Lemon Juice

Pour Hiro Junmai Sake and vodka into a cocktail shaker over cubed ice. Add muddled blackberries and blueberries and shake well. Strain into a martini class and add a dash of fresh lemon juice.











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The Funny Honey Hiro. Photo credit: Hiro Sake