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Sushi Ii Welcomes Cocktail Program

For the first time since its opening in early 2020 in Newport Beach, Sushi Ii has launched a collection of cocktails featuring artisan Japanese spirits. The tipples mirror Master Chef Susumu Ii’s simple yet refined omakase offerings.

Sushi Ii is renowned as one of Southern California’s most authentic Japanese dining destinations, and the fresh cocktails highlight Japanese artistry through imported ice and spirits. The new cocktail programming emphasizes the craftsmanship of Japanese whiskies, gin and fortified wines. The cocktails also spotlight ultra-pure, luxury ice imported from Kuramoto, a family-owned ice-manufacturing company in Kanazawa, Japan. Sourced from the springs of Mount Haku, Kuramoto’s ice is likened to a flawless diamond.

“Our cocktail program is designed to emphasize the profound artistry rooted in Japanese culture. There is intentionality behind each element from meticulously sourced ice from Kuramoto to the curated selection of Japanese spirits, there is intentionality behind every element,” says Natsuko Travioli, general manager and beverage director, in a press release.

A limited, three-cocktail menu includes: Toki High Ball with Suntory whiskey and club soda; a sparkling Ume Soda made with Choya Plum Wine, club soda and a sunken honey-fermented plum; and Roku Tonic featuring Roku Gin is served over a crystal-clear cube where a sprig of hanaho (shiso flower) sits, enhancing the cocktail’s aromatics while bringing out botanicals in the gin.

Sushi Ii also serves a selection of Japanese whiskies by the glass in addition to a rotating selection of premium sakes by the glass. Offerings of premium sakes include Dassai Beyond, Kikuhime Diaginjo Kukurihime and Iwa 5.

Sushi Ii is open for lunch, Tuesday to Saturday, with reservation times available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and for dinner, Tuesday to Sunday, with reservation times available from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit

100 W. Coast Hwy. Ste. 202
Newport Beach, CA 92663

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