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Friday Cocktail


Friday Cocktail returns from a brief hiatus with the Saketini!

This Japanese inspired drink has been around since at least the mid-1990s if not earlier.  I’ve had it several times at Ichiban’s one of Syracuse’s premier hibachi restaurants.  Some might find it a bit strong, but I like it.  I nickname it the sock-it-to-me, especially with the recipe below. 

What you’ll need:  Sake and Gin (and fresh ginger and wasabi for an extra kick)

Pour 2 ounces of gin and 1 ounce of sake in a shaker over cracked ice.  Shake and then strain into your glass, ideally a rocks glass over cubed ice.  Garnish a slicce of fresh ginger.  For an extra kick, muddle no more than half a teaspoon of wasabi in your glass.

How I like it:  I like to taste the sake in my saketini so I add more than what most recipes call for.  Though this drink is similar to the classic martini, I don’t like it served with olives (as called for in some recipes).  I prefer the ginger and sometimes the bit of wasabi.  Alternatively, a lemon twist is more suited to this drink and those who don’t like gin can use vodka instead.  I made this saketini with Bombay Sapphire Dry Gin and Fu-Ki Sake.

I’m certain Confucius would advise: Drink responsibly!

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