Saketini (Sake Martini) – Savor Japan in Every Sip

Simple Saketini recipe

I’ve got this awesome Japanese buddy who’s always got my back. Like, he’s always there when I need a hand. So, I figured it was high time I showed my appreciation. I want to bring a piece of his hometown to him.

I shot him an invite for dinner, and I’m planning to whip up a feast—sushi, tempura, the whole Japanese taste. Gotta give the man a taste of home. For the drinks, I planned to make a martini type, but I wanted to jazz things up. Mixing a bit of the East with the West. That’s when I found Saketini. It’s like a taste of Japan in a glass.

It brings together the clean, rice-based flavors of sake with the sophistication of a martini. Fingers crossed he digs it as much as I do! Here’s how to make Saketini (Sake Martini):

Saketini (Sake Martini)

This harmonious blend captures the essence of East meets West
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Japanese
Servings 1
Calories 150 kcal


  • 2 oz good quality sake
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon twist for garnish


  • Chill the martini glass in the freezer for at least 10 minutes.
  • In a mixing glass, combine the sake, vodka, and dry vermouth.
  • Add ice cubes to the mixing glass.
  • Stir the ingredients well for about 30 seconds to chill the mixture.
  • Strain the mixture into the chilled martini glass.
  • Garnish with a twist of lemon over the drink, expressing the oils from the lemon peel.
Keyword alcohol, cocktails, martini

Sake martini variations

Besides the classic Sake Marini recipe, you can create your own variations with other elements. Here are some popular ides you can try:

  • Wasabi Sake Cocktail: To create this bold and spicy flavor, you can add a touch of wasabi to vodka and shake it well. Garnish with a wasabi-coated edamame for an extra kick.
  • Lychee Saketini: For this version, add lychee liqueur to the recipe and a splash of elderflower syrup. The drink is garnished with a lychee fruit or blossom.
  • Cucumber Sake Martini combines sake with muddled cucumber, a touch of elderflower liqueur, and a splash of dry vermouth. It’s often garnished with cucumber ribbons.
A glass of cucumber saketini
  • Ginger Saketini: This martini features sake infused with ginger, shaken with vodka, and a splash of apple juice.
  • Apple Pear Ginger Sake Martini: For this martini, you just need to add crisp apple and pear juices, infused with a hint of freshly grated ginger to the original recipe.
  • Pomegranate Saketini: You can combine pomegranate juice, a splash of triple sec, and a touch of agave syrup.
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