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Japanese Sake & Cocktail Pairings at Tokyo Bars

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There are so many drinks in the whole wild world to taste!  What drink comes to your mind when you think about Japan? Japanese sake of course! But do you know much about it?

 

Sake: What it is

The history of Japanese sake is filled with outlandish facts that are unusual. It makes it all the more interesting to learn about the ancient Japanese culture and traditions. Sake is a traditional alcoholic beverage in Japan, made from the fermented must of rice and steamed rice malt. What does sake mean in Japanese? The Japanese themselves call sake “nihonshu,” and “sake” translates simply: “alcoholic drink.” The national Japanese alcohol has a unique taste with a subtle touch of sherry, grape, banana, and apple. Premium Japanese sake boasts more complex flavors: soy sauce, fresh mushrooms, ripened cheese, caramel.

 

Popular Sake Cocktails

Sake-based cocktails are in trend now, especially at Tokyo bars. It is the perfect alcohol base for light, sophisticated drinks. Here we have collected some recipes that you should try after purchasing the best countertop ice maker.

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Zucchini sake

Fresh zucchini juice is not the most obvious ingredient for mixed drinks, however, In this cocktail it is responsible for the freshness and light greenish-vegetable tone. Mixed with the sake it gives a sweet and sour portion balance to the drink.

  •       1/4 cup zucchini juice
  •       2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  •       1/4 cup sake

To make zucchini juice, grate 2 zucchini, and put the resulting vegetable gruel in a gauze. Squeeze the gauze to get out the juice. Mix the zucchini juice, the sake and the lemon juice in a shaker with ice. Pour the mix into a glass over fresh ice and decorate with long strips of zucchini.

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Sake champagne mojito

Japanese rice wine (sake) blends wonderfully with sparkling wine (champagne). This recipe also includes freshly squeezed lime juice and honey extract of stevia honey.

  •       1 part sake
  •       1 part brut champagne
  •       Mint leaves
  •       30 ml of lime juice
  •       1/4 lime
  •       Stevia extract to taste (add in drops)

Muddle the mint leaves, then add the rest of the ingredients. Garnish with some mint leaves on top.

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Thai me up Thai me down

Traditional Japanese sake is great on it’s own, but why not use it in tandem with another strong alcoholic drink? In this recipe, vodka or gin (the choice is yours).

  •       45 ml of vodka or gin
  •       45 ml of sake 
  •       30 ml of lime juice
  •       30 ml of honey syrup
  •       2 dashes bitters
  •       Thai Basil Leave
  •       Purple basil flowers for decoration

Mix all the ingredients in a shaker with ice, filter in chilled old fashion on fresh ice and decorate with purple basil flowers. It is a very popular sake in Japanese steakhouse & sushi bars.

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Lychee sake

A simple and tasty drink with tropical notes of lychee and sake.

  •       1/4 cup lychee pickle (from the can is fine)
  •       1/2 cup sake
  •       1-2 tablespoons of corn syrup
  •       marinated lychee garnish

Mix all the ingredients in a shaker with ice, filter and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with pickled lychee on a skewer.

Cherry vanilla sparkler

Cherry and a vanilla sparkling cocktail? What could be better! This drink is perfect for our long-awaited summer and will refresh your guests in any heat.

  •       60 ml of cherry juice (preferably one that contains less sugar)
  •       60 ml of Japanese sake
  •       A few teaspoons of vanilla syrup
  •       Soda

Mix juice, sake and vanilla syrup in a shaker with ice. Filter into a glass over fresh ice and add soda. Garnish with ripe cherries.

In conclusion 

These cocktails are popular in Tokyo bars and Japanese restaurants. If you do not have an opportunity to try them there, then experiment right at your place. 

What sake cocktail do you love? Share your answers in the comments below.

 

Author’s bio: A popular travel blogger Timothy Wilson likes sharing new knowledge. He publishes posts every week and talks about the culture and traditions of various nations.

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There are so many drinks in the whole wild world to taste!  What drink comes to your mind when you think about Japan? Japanese sake of course! But do you know much about it?

 

Sake: What it is

The history of Japanese sake is filled with outlandish facts that are unusual. It makes it all the more interesting to learn about the ancient Japanese culture and traditions. Sake is a traditional alcoholic beverage in Japan, made from the fermented must of rice and steamed rice malt. What does sake mean in Japanese? The Japanese themselves call sake “nihonshu,” and “sake” translates simply: “alcoholic drink.” The national Japanese alcohol has a unique taste with a subtle touch of sherry, grape, banana, and apple. Premium Japanese sake boasts more complex flavors: soy sauce, fresh mushrooms, ripened cheese, caramel.

  • Facebook
  • Pinterest

Popular Sake Cocktails

Sake-based cocktails are in trend now, especially at Tokyo bars. It is the perfect alcohol base for light, sophisticated drinks. Here we have collected some recipes that you should try after purchasing the best countertop ice maker.

Image result for Zucchini sake
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest

Zucchini sake

Fresh zucchini juice is not the most obvious ingredient for mixed drinks, however, In this cocktail it is responsible for the freshness and light greenish-vegetable tone. Mixed with the sake it gives a sweet and sour portion balance to the drink.

  •       1/4 cup zucchini juice
  •       2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  •       1/4 cup sake

To make zucchini juice, grate 2 zucchini, and put the resulting vegetable gruel in a gauze. Squeeze the gauze to get out the juice. Mix the zucchini juice, the sake and the lemon juice in a shaker with ice. Pour the mix into a glass over fresh ice and decorate with long strips of zucchini.

Image result for sake champagne mojito
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  • Pinterest

Sake champagne mojito

Japanese rice wine (sake) blends wonderfully with sparkling wine (champagne). This recipe also includes freshly squeezed lime juice and honey extract of stevia honey.

  •       1 part sake
  •       1 part brut champagne
  •       Mint leaves
  •       30 ml of lime juice
  •       1/4 lime
  •       Stevia extract to taste (add in drops)

Muddle the mint leaves, then add the rest of the ingredients. Garnish with some mint leaves on top.

Image result for Thai me up Thai me down
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest

Thai me up Thai me down

Traditional Japanese sake is great on it’s own, but why not use it in tandem with another strong alcoholic drink? In this recipe, vodka or gin (the choice is yours).

  •       45 ml of vodka or gin
  •       45 ml of sake 
  •       30 ml of lime juice
  •       30 ml of honey syrup
  •       2 dashes bitters
  •       Thai Basil Leave
  •       Purple basil flowers for decoration

Mix all the ingredients in a shaker with ice, filter in chilled old fashion on fresh ice and decorate with purple basil flowers. It is a very popular sake in Japanese steakhouse & sushi bars.

Image result for lychee sake
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest

Lychee sake

A simple and tasty drink with tropical notes of lychee and sake.

  •       1/4 cup lychee pickle (from the can is fine)
  •       1/2 cup sake
  •       1-2 tablespoons of corn syrup
  •       marinated lychee garnish

Mix all the ingredients in a shaker with ice, filter and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with pickled lychee on a skewer.

Cherry vanilla sparkler

Cherry and a vanilla sparkling cocktail? What could be better! This drink is perfect for our long-awaited summer and will refresh your guests in any heat.

  •       60 ml of cherry juice (preferably one that contains less sugar)
  •       60 ml of Japanese sake
  •       A few teaspoons of vanilla syrup
  •       Soda

Mix juice, sake and vanilla syrup in a shaker with ice. Filter into a glass over fresh ice and add soda. Garnish with ripe cherries.

In conclusion 

These cocktails are popular in Tokyo bars and Japanese restaurants. If you do not have an opportunity to try them there, then experiment right at your place. 

What sake cocktail do you love? Share your answers in the comments below.

 

Author’s bio: A popular travel blogger Timothy Wilson likes sharing new knowledge. He publishes posts every week and talks about the culture and traditions of various nations.

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