Sake cocktails are super easy drinking! Want to try Sake but not used to its taste? Bought a Sake bottle but didn’t like it? Want to try Sake in a bit different way?

Maybe you can try some Sake Cocktails! Sake is finding its way into more cocktails and it is a wonderful base ingredient. The followings are the best 7 Sake cocktails that are popular among Japanese bartenders and drinkers:

 

Looking for Sake Cocktails with no liqueur or shakers?


If you are looking for Sake cocktails you can make at home, using ingredients available at your home and local supermarket, visit our 8 Easiest Sake Cocktail Recipes.

 

1. Samurai Rock


Lime’s acidity makes Sake easier-drinking and refreshing. Also great for those who is not used to the distinct tastes of Sake.

Glass: Old-fashioned glass

Garnish: Lime wedge

Ingredients:

  • Sake 50ml
  • Lime juice 10ml

Method: (build)

Add all ingredients into an old-fashioned glass and fill with ice. Mix well. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve.

 

 

2. Fantastic Lemon


Invented by Mr. Kazuo Ueda, Fantastic Leman won Silver Prize at World Cocktail Competition as well as other prizes at dozens of cocktail competitions.

Garnish: Improvise

Ingredients:

  • Sake 30ml
  • Orange liqueur (Cointreau or Grand Marnier) 20ml
  • Cherry brandy (Kirschwasser) 5ml
  • Lemon juice 5ml
  • Blue curacao (Bols) 2tsp
  • Tonic water 1 splash

Method: (shake & build)

Add all ingredients (except blue curacao & tonic water) into a cocktail shaker and shake gently with ice. Strain into a glass goblet or collins glass. Fill with tonic water and add the blue curacao. Add a muddler and serve.

 

3. Sake Tini (Sake Martini)


Unexpectedly fabulous match of Sake’s sweetness with bitterness of gin. Olives can be replaced with Umeboshi / 梅干し (Japanese pickled plums) for a more Japanese look.

Garnish: Olives(1~3) or lemon peel

Ingredients:

  • Sake 30ml
  • Dry gin 30ml

Method: (stir)

Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with 1~3 olives or lemon peel and serve.

 

 

 

 4. Spring Snow


The theme is the spring with green tree buds . It’s a Sake cocktail with distinct taste of green tea liqueur.

Garnish: Improvise

Ingredients: 

  • Sake 30ml
  • Gin 20ml
  • Green tea liqueur (Zen) 10ml
  • Lemon Juice 5ml

Method: (Shake)

Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake gently with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass.

 

5. Sake Sour


It tastes like lemon squash first, with subtle taste of Sake in the finish. A good balance of sweetness of sugar syrup with lemon’s acidity and Sake’s strength.

Garnish: Lemon slice

Ingredients: 

  • Sake 45ml
  • Lemon Juice 15ml
  • Sugar syrup 1 tsp
  • Soda 1 splash

 

Method A: shake and build

Add all ingredients (except soda) into a cocktail shaker and shake gently with ice. Strain into a sour glass. Fill up with cold soda. Garnish with a lemon slice to serve.

Method B: Build and stir

Fill a sour glass with ice (large ice cubes are better) and add all ingredients (except soda). Mix well with a bar spoon. Fill up with cold soda. Garnish with a lemon slice to serve.

 

6. Casis Girl


Refreshing yet rich in flavor. You’ll find only subtle Sake tastes on the palate, but it’s well recommended.

Ingredients:

  • Sake 80ml
  • Casis Liqueur 30ml
  • Calpis Water 100ml

Method: (stir)

Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

 

 

7. Kiku Fizz


This cocktail is called ‘Kiku’ Fizz because it was originally invented by Kiku Masamune, a Sake brewery. Easy-drinking, mild and sweet as sweetness of cream embraces gin.

Glass: Cocktail glass

Garnish: Olives(1~3) or lemon peel

Ingredients:

・Sake 30ml

・Dry gin 30ml

Method: (stir)

Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.