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October 2005
Updated August 2009

Product Reviews / Main Nibbles / Wine

Saké Cocktail Recipes

Mix These Saké Cocktails And Lift Your Glass: Kanpai!



Saké is delicious drunk straight, like wine, but it also makes delicious cocktails, as these 20 recipes prove. Have a saké cocktail party and offer a menu of 6 or so choices—plus straight saké, of course.

These recipes are courtesy of Momokawa Saké, Junmai Ginjo-style sakés made by SakéOne, a craft sakéry in Oregon (learn about the different types of saké). The recipes use different styles of saké:

  • Diamond, an off-dry style (typically pairs with scallops, oysters, halibut, grilled poultry, salads and pasta tossed with sharp cheeses like feta and Parmesan)
  • Pearl, a cloudy and rich Nigori style (old style) saké
  • Ruby, a slightly sweet style (pairs with light and rich fish, from halibut to salmon and tuna; chicken and pork; fruit salads; squash)
  • Silver, aromatic, crisp and dry Tanrei style sake (typically pairs with sushi, sashimi and tempura)
  • Flavored sakés, including peach, pear, plum and raspberry (best for cocktails or sipping with dessert)

Now, on to the cocktails!

Sake Cocktail Recipes

Banzai Tea

  • Mix 5 ounces of Momokawa Ruby Saké with a splash of Grand Marnier, a splash of sweet and sour, and a splash of Coke.

Cherry Blossom

  • Mix 2 ounces of Momokawa Ruby Saké with a splash of grenadine. 
  • Garnish with a lime wedge. 
  • Serve in a wine glass with the rim salted. 

Chocolate Dream

  • Mix 5 ounces of Momokawa Pearl Saké with 1/2 ounce of chocolate syrup. 
  • Shake with ice and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with a chocolate stick. 
  • Optional: Moisten rim of martini glass and dip into cocoa powder.

Electric Lemonade

  • Mix 1-1⁄2 ounces Momokawa Silver Saké with lemonade.
  • Add a splash of 7-Up and pour over ice. 
  • Garnish with a slice of lemon.

Fuzzy Peach

  • Mix 3 ounces of Moonstone Peach Saké with 4 ounces of fresh squeezed orange juice. 
  • Garnish with an orange or peach slice.

Mellow Melon

  • Mix 3 ounces of Moonstone Asian Pear Saké with 1 ounce melon syrup and 1 ounce of orange juice. 
  • Shake with ice and pour into a martini glass. 
  • Garnish with melon or kiwi.

Orange Creamsicle

  • Muddle two sugar cubes with fresh orange juice. Mix with 3 ounces Momokawa Pearl Saké and 1 ounce cream. 
  • Shake with ice and pour into a martini glass. 
  • Garnish with an orange slice. 

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