6 Easy Japanese Sake Cocktail Recipes

sake cocktail making

A cocktail night in the comfort of your own home is the perfect way to spend an evening. Inviting your close friends and family around for some tasty snacks and delicious beverages is a recipe for a memorable night. Due to its low ABV and sweet taste, sake is an excellent ingredient for making cocktails. If you wanted your own themed night in, sushi and sake are the perfect ingredients. So, get your cocktail shakers out, and your glasses iced up!

What is Sake?

Every spirit and alcoholic drink has an interesting back story, and sake is no different. Rice plays a big part in Japanese culture, and is used in sacred rituals. For example, ancient Japanese thought that rice was a gift from a god for “Kami”, and is still the main offering for Kami at many Shinto shrines. Sake (pronounced sah-kee) is a Japanese liquor made from fermented rice and water Because Sake is a product of rice and plays sacred significance as it is often used for spiritual purification and cleansing at many Japanese rituals and ceremonies.

6 Sake Cocktail Recipes


1. Sakerol Spritz

 Sakerol Spritz cocktail

  • 15 ml Aperol
  • 25 ml Briottete Crème de Peach
  • 5 ml Yuzu Juice
  • 25 ml Akashi-Tai Sake

Method: Build & Stir

  • Add all ingredients into glass and stir.
  • Top with Voga prosecco

As Rofuto’s signature cocktail, the Sakerol Spritz offers an exotic twist on Britain’s beloved Aperol Spritz. Light, zesty and refreshing, this cocktail is easy to make, and perfect for the summer days, to be enjoyed at home in the evening or during a sunny day garden party.

2. Sake Iced Tea

sake iced tea

  • 50ml Sake
  • 350ml lemon iced tea
  • 3 Squeezes fresh lemon
  • Lemon wedges
  • Cubed ice
  • Collins glass

Method: Build & Stir

  • Add all ingredients into glass and stir.

If you fancy a long, sweet & refreshing drink that is easy to drink and pairs well with food, then Sake Iced Tea is the way to go. This simple cocktail requires minimal fuss and the light and refreshing taste makes it the perfect summer cocktail. Move over Pimms and lemonade, there’s a new drink in town!


3. Sake Mojito

sake mojito

  • 50ml Sake
  • 25ml fresh lime juice
  • 12.5ml sugar syrup
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • Top with soda water
  • Lime wedge
  • Mint spring
  • Crushed ice
  • Collins glass

Method: Build & churn

  • Add mint leaves, sugar, sake and lime into glass
  • Churn
  • Add ice
  • Top with soda
  • Garnish with mint sprig and lime wedge.

A Mojito is a fizzy, light and refreshing drink that suits any event. This recipe is versatile and can be changed to suit your tastes – add some berries or watermelon to create your own delicious beverage. Whether you want it as an aperitif or digestif, it will not disappoint!


4. Sweet Sake

sweet sake

  • 37.5ml Vodka
  • 20ml Sake
  • 12.5ml Agave syrup
  • 3 squeezes freshly squeezed lemon
  • Martini glass
  • Lemon Peel
  • Cubed ice

Method: Shake and Strain – cocktail shaker, Hawthorne strainer and fine strainer

  • Add vodka, honey, lemon wedges, sake and ice into cocktail shaker.
  • Shake it like a polaroid picture
  • Fine strain into Martini glass
  • Garnish with lemon peel

This sweet libation is the perfect dessert drink that can be altered to suit anyones tastes. Agave is naturally low in glucose and makes the perfect partner for any cocktail. Try it in your Sake Mojito as well!


5. Sake Tini

sake tini

  • 50ml Dry Gin or Vodka
  • 20ml Sake
  • Cubed ice
  • Lemon peel
  • Martini glass

Method:  Stir and fine strain – stirring glass, Hawthorne strainer and fine strainer

  • Add gin/vodka, sake and cubed ice into glass
  • Stir until alcohol burn has gone
  • Fine strain into martini glass
  • Garnish with lemon peel.

This cocktail is perfect for any classic cocktail lover, as it puts a twist on the old faithful. This elegant drink will make you feel as if you’re spending your time with Bond himself, and it would up to you to have it shaken or stirred….


6. Elderflower Sake Collins

Elderflower Sake Collins

  • 50ml Sake
  • 25ml fresh lemon juice
  • 12.5ml elderflower cordial
  • Soda water
  • Lemon wedge
  • Cubed ice
  • Collins Glass

Method: Shake and strain – Cocktail shaker and Hawthorne strainer

  • Add sake, lemon juice, elderflower and ice into shaker
  • Shake it like a pom pom
  • Strain into collins glass over ice
  • Top with soda water and garnish with lemon wedge.

This twist on the Tom Collins is a definite crowd pleaser, offering a sweet refreshing taste. Serve it in a pitcher and sip it in the sun, or drink it over dinner. Either way, you will not be disappointed with its floral sweet goodness.

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