Celebrate World Sake Day With These Three Sake Cocktails!

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Introduction

Sake is a versatile drink that can be enjoyed on its own or in cocktails. Today, October 1st, is World Sake Day, and what better way to celebrate than by trying out some delicious Sake cocktails? In this blog post, we will share three recipes for Sake cocktails that are sure to please. So grab a bottle of Sake and let's get started!

This History of Sake

Sake is a Japanese rice wine that has been around for centuries. It is made by fermenting rice, and the alcohol content can range from 15 to 20 percent. Sake is traditionally served in small cups, and it is usually sipped with food. The origin of Sake is highly debated, it was either created in China or Japan over 2,000 years ago. Once it was produced in Japan, it quickly became a popular beverage among the Japanese nobility. Since then, Sake has been an important part of Japanese culture, and it is now enjoyed by people all over the world.

What Does The Cherry Blossom-tini Taste Like

Sake, Triple Sec, Cranberry Juice, and Lime Juice are four ingredients that come together to create a delicious and refreshing cocktail known as the Cherry Blossom-tini. Sake is a Japanese rice wine that gives the drink its characteristic smoothness. Triple Sec adds sweetness and depth of flavor, while the Cranberry Juice provides a tart counterpoint. A squeeze of fresh Lime Juice adds a touch of acidity and rounds out the flavor profile. Whether you're enjoying it as an aperitif or nightcap, the Cherry Blossom-tini is sure to please.

What Does The Gin Saketini Taste Like

Gin and Sake may not seem like they would be a natural pairing, but in fact the two spirits share many similarities. Both are clear, light-bodied, and subtly flavored, with a slightly sweet finish. Gin is typically made from juniper berries and other botanical ingredients, while Sake is brewed from rice. Gin Saketinis combine the best of both worlds, creating a Gin Saketini.

What Does The Vodka Saketini Taste Like

The Vodka Saketini is made with Vodka and Sake. The result is a smooth and refreshing drink. The Vodka Saketini is perfect for sipping on a hot summer day or enjoying as an after-dinner cocktail. Whether you're a fan of Vodka or Sake, the Vodka Saketini is sure to become one of your new favorite drinks.

Cherry Blossom-tini

How To Make The Cherry Blossom-tini Recipe

Tip: Use the Barsys Coaster for an elevated cocktail-making experience!

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Sake
  • 0.5 oz Triple Sec
  • 0.5 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 0.25 oz Lime Juice

Glass:

Cocktail Glass

Garnish:

Orange Bitters, Lime Wedge

Instructions:

Preparation time without the Barsys Coaster 3 - 5 minutes

  1. In a cocktail glass with ice, add in the Sake, Triple Sec, Cranberry Juice, and Lime Juice.
  2. Stir and strain into a Cocktail Glass.
  3. Garnish with a dash of Orange Bitters and a Lime Wedge and serve.

Gin Saketini

How To Make The Gin Saketini Recipe

Tip: Use the Barsys Coaster for an elevated cocktail-making experience!

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 oz Gin
  • 0.5 oz Sake

Glass:

Cocktail Glass

Garnish:

2 Pandan Leaves

Instructions:

Preparation time without the Barsys Coaster: 2 - 5 minutes

  1. In a mixing glass with ice, add in the Gin and Sake.
  2. Stir well, strain into a Cocktail Glass, and serve.

Vodka Saketini

How To Make The Vodka Saketini Recipe

Tip: Use the Barsys Coaster for an elevated cocktail-making experience!

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 oz Vodka
  • 0.5 Sake

Glass:

Cocktail Glass

Garnish:

Orange Peel

Instructions:

Preparation time without the Barsys Coaster 2 - 5 minutes

  1. In a cocktail shaker with ice, add in the Vodka and Sake.
  2. Stir well, strain into a Cocktail Glass, and serve.

Optional: Garnish with a Cucumber Ribbon

Recommended Sake Brands

Hakkaisan Tokubetsu Junmai

Hakkaisan Tokubetsu Junmai is a smooth, medium-bodied Sake with a subtly sweet flavor. It pairs well with sushi and other Japanese cuisine.

Tozai Typhoon Honjozo Junmai Sake

Tozai Typhoon Honjozo Junmai Sake is a more robust Sake with a full-bodied flavor. It pairs well with grilled meats and other hearty dishes.

Kiku Masamune Taru Sake Junmai

Kiku Masamune Taru Sake Junmai is a sweeter Sake that has a fruity flavor. It is perfect for sipping on its own or enjoying with dessert.

Recommended Gin Brands

Beefeater

Beefeater is a classic London dry gin that has been produced since the 1860s. It is made with nine botanicals, including juniper, coriander, and orange peel.

Tanqueray

Tanqueray is another classic London dry gin that is made with four botanicals: juniper, coriander, angelica root, and licorice.

Hendrick's Gin

Hendrick's Gin is a newer brand of gin that was first produced in 1999. It is made with 11 botanicals, including cucumber and rose petals.

Recommended Vodka Brands

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Tito's Handmade Vodka is one of the most popular vodka brands on the market. The company was founded in 1997 by Tito Beveridge, and it has since become known for its high-quality spirits. Tito's vodka is made from corn and is distilled six times, which gives it a smooth taste.

Cîroc

Cîroc is another popular vodka brand. The company was founded in 2003 by Jean-Sebastien Robicquet, and it produces its vodka from French grapes. Cîroc's vodkas are distilled five times and are known for their clean, crisp taste.

Absolut

Absolut is a Swedish vodka brand that was founded in 1879 by Lars Olsson Smith. Absolut's vodka is made from winter wheat and is distilled an impressive 3,600 times. The result is a smooth, mellow taste that has made Absolut one of the most popular vodkas in the world.

What To Pair With Sake Cocktails

When it comes to pairing food with Sake, there are no hard and fast rules. However, there are a few general guidelines that can help you choose the perfect dish to complement your drink. First, it is important to consider the rice content of the Sake. Sake made with more heavily milled rice tends to be lighter in body, while those made with less milled rice tend to be richer and fuller bodied. As a general rule, lighter Sakes pair well with lighter dishes such as sushi or salad, while heavier Sakes are best suited for heartier fare, like teriyaki chicken or beef. Additionally, it is important to take into account the sweetness of the Sake. Sweet Sakes tend to pair well with salty or savory dishes, while dry Sakes are often complementary to sweet or spicy foods. Ultimately, the best way to find the perfect pairing is to experiment and see what you like best. Sake is a versatile drink that can be enjoyed with a wide variety of foods, so don't be afraid to get creative in your pairing.

Conclusion

Sake cocktails are the perfect way to celebrate World Sake Day! Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or simply enjoying a night in with friends, these drinks are sure to impress. The best part is that they’re surprisingly easy to make. Just combine your favorite Sake with a few simple ingredients, and you’ll have a delicious drink in no time. No matter if it is World Sake Day or not, the next time you’re looking for a unique and flavorful cocktail, give these Sake cocktails a try. You just might be pleasantly surprised.

Cheers,

Team Barsys