It’s no secret that Maru is a sure bet for quality sushi and Japanese specialties, but don’t sleep on its cocktail menu. The ever-growing Michigan chain of sushi restaurants offers an impressive menu of signature martinis and cocktails.

When I stopped in at Maru’s East Lansing location for lunch last week, I wanted a drink that would complement the unexpectedly warm and sunny weather. I settled on the Gypsy.

This potent potable features Hendrick’s Gin, Cointreau Liqueur, pineapple juice, rosemary and bitters. Like a good piece of sushi, this drink’s best asset is its perfect balance of subtle flavors. Ginger spice and mild pine notes are set against citrus sweetness and a touch of bitterness. Nothing is overpowering.

Whether you’re slurping up some udon soup for lunch or settling in for a nice sushi dinner, the Gypsy is a fine companion. Or take a chance on one of Maru’s other cocktail options. Some night when I’m feeling more adventurous, I’ll be stopping in to try the Angry Yuzu — made with gin, vodka, yuzu fruit, Serrano syrup and muddled cucumber. It sounds dangerous, but I’ve learned to trust Maru.

Maru (Two Greater Lansing locations)
11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday- Saturday; 11:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Sunday
1500 W. Lake Lansing Road, East Lansing
(517) 337-1500

11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
5100 Marsh Road, Okemos
(517) 349-7500

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