This Sakitini – Sake Martini is a refreshing, thirst quenching cocktail that is great with any light dish you are serving or perfect alone after a long hot day in the sun!
This weeks Friday Cocktails selection is the Sakitini – Sake Martini. It’s a very refreshing cocktail that is a change up on my normal straight up gin martini.
A few years ago my husband and I were eating sushi at Kabuki, a restaurant here in California when he saw a note in their menu for a sake tasting. While I’m a certified sommelier, I had never really developed a taste for sake so I wasn’t excited about going. I’m so glad he talked me into it!
At the tasting they had a Master Sake Sommelier explaining about each individual Sake selection. They paired the selections with various menu options so you could see how versatile it is.
It was eye-opening for me. We were able to purchase all of the items we tasted and I must admit we went home with almost every single one of them. I found the possibilities endless for drinking Sake in mixing it in many different cocktails, while also being able to enjoy it on its own.
THE TECHNICAL MUMBO JUMBO OF SAKE!
Most people think Sake is a rice wine. But actually wine is the fermentation of a fruit, so sake is more closely related to beer production in that it is fermentation/milling of a grain(rice.)
Like various wine requirements there are classifications of Sake too. The highest grade sake “Junmai” is required to mill down the rice to less than 50% of the original size of the rice. Each lower grade has less reduction if the rice. (Daiginjo, Futsu) You can check out more specific information about the grades of Sake here.
Each of those classifications can be broken down even further by one or more of the following methods:
- filtering/nonfiltering out the rice sediment
- aging it in casks
- adding additional alcohol
- adding a sparkling quality to the sake with similar methods to champagne/sparkling wine
ANALYSIS OF the Sakitini – Sake Martini Recipe
Easy? Measure and shake! Cant get much easier than that!
Make Ahead? Yes, premix # of servings in a pitcher then pour into shaker over ice to shake when ready to serve! As long as it’s not stored over ice it won’t dilute so you can make it as early in the day as you’d like.
Make this the next time its hot outside! It is completely refreshing and thirst quenching! (This recipe was inspired by something similar we were served at the tasting at Kabuki!)
- 2.5 ounces Sake
- 1 ounce Vodka
- .5 ounces orange curaçao
- Orange twist for garnish
- Into an ice filled cocktail shaker pour all ingredients but the garnish.
- Shake vigorously for 60 seconds.
- Strain ice out as you pour into cocktail glasses.
- Twist orange slice and drop into glass.
For a party premix the qty times 8 and have in a pitcher ready. You can then shake to order as your guests arrive/ or are ready for another cocktail!