How to Make Ima Izakaya’s Pennyroyal Cocktail

Learn how to make the Mezcal-based Pennyroyal cocktail from Ima Izakaya’s in Detroit with this easy to follow recipe.
Photograph by Rebecca Simonov

Located in historic Corktown, Ima Izakaya’s offers a menu filled with sushi, pho, ramen soups, ahi tuna tartare, Japanese barbecue eggplant, and much more. Their drink menu includes beers, ciders, wine, mocktails, and craft cocktails including the Mezcal-based Pennyroyal.

Learn how to make this cocktail at home with this handy recipe.


  • 1.5 ounces mezcal
  • 1 ounce ume simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 2 dashes Fee Brothers Plum Bitters
  • Hawaiian black lava sea salt, for rimming the glass

For the syrup:

  • 8 ounces sugar, by weight
  • 8 ounces water
  • 75 grams ume (ume are Japanese plums that can be found in the refrigerated section of most Asian markets)


  1. For the syrup, separate the pits from the ume and use both. Mix together the water, sugar, and separated ume in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer, making sure to mash the fruit through to extract all of the flavor.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine all the ingredients except for the salt. Add in ice and shake well.
  3. Rim a double rocks glass with the Hawaiian black lava salt and add fresh ice. Pour the cocktail over the ice and garnish with a slice of fresh lime and an ume plum on a skewer. Enjoy!

Ima Izakaya is located at 2100 Michigan Ave., Detroit. Call 313-306-9485 or visit for more information. 

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This story is from the January 2023 issue of Hour Detroit magazine. Read more in our digital edition