Have you ever had a Sake-based cocktail? I don’t drink frequently but when I do Sake and Sake-based cocktails are my favorite. I used to study Okinawa Kenpo (#funfact) and I first had Sake at the anniversary party for Sifu Carmen’s new dojo. He served it warm and I loved it. I also under-estimated how strong Sake is and ended up spending far longer at the party than I’d expected while waiting for the tipsiness to wear off. Lesson learned and I’ve learned to moderate my consumption but I still can’t resist a well-made Sake cocktail.
Recently, Haikara Sake reached out to me with a new cocktail recipe they thought I’d love. It’s called the Winter Rose and includes a splash of rose water. It’s beautiful and a delicious cocktail to serve at your holiday party this year.
Haikara Sake was launched this fall and seamlessly brings together Japanese culture with America’s love for it. There are two lines of sake available from Haikara. Haikara Yuzu is a Japanese citrus sake with a hint of lemon, while Haikara Momo is a Japanese peach sake. Personally, I love peach everything so I’m all about the Haikara Momo but I am certain the lemon sake is equally delicious.
If you want a holiday sake cocktail to wow your guests with something unexpected I recommend giving this one a try.
- 2 oz Haikara Yuzu or Haikara Momo
- ½ oz rum
- 1 oz Lime Juice
- Dash of Simple Syrup
- Dash of Rose Water
- Dash of Lavender Bitters
- Ginger Ale for topping
- Cranberries or orange peel (for garnish)
- Add all ingredients, except ginger ale, to a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosted and beaded with sweat.
- Strain into rocks glass.
- Top with Ginger Ale and garnish.
I hope you give it a try during the holidays this year because if you’ve never had a sake cocktail you’re missing out on something truly amazing. They are definitely my favorite.