Saturday, August 1, 2009

Sake Drops: A Refreshing "Simple Saturday Sipper" Cocktail

Ah, Sake Drops...these are my favorite summertime or really anytime cocktail to make at home. I actually have posted them once before, a year ago with a Japanese pupu platter for Blog Party #36 (here), but since they are so good and I was craving one I thought it was time to bring them out again. I first had these cocktails in Seattle while on a business trip/meeting, after-hours at a little sushi bar and restaurant near our hotel that had late-night cheap pupus, sushi rolls and these delicious cocktails. A few of us became a bit addicted to them and I figured out how to recreate them back at home. Just 3 ingredients; lemonade, sake and grenadine, plus a garnish. You can either make the lemonade yourself or use a concentrate or bottled lemonade if you are feeling lazy. They are tangy, slightly sweet and refreshing, a perfect Simple Saturday Sipper. 

Sake Drops
Adapted from The Dragonfish Asian Cafe, Seattle Wa

2/3 lemonade (make your own or use frozen "country style" concentrate)
1/3 sake (Dragonfish used Momokawa Silver Sake but any good, crisp, fruity sake will do)
a small pour of Grenadine to garnish (about 1/2 ounce)

Mix lemonade and sake together with ice in a cocktail shaker (or you can make up a larger quantity ahead of time in a pitcher and refrigerate until very cold). Pour into a martini glass and pour about 1/2 oz of grenadine into drink before serving and garnish with a lemon slice. Enjoy by itself or with some pupus like sushi rolls, edamame or ahi poke (as in the picture below).

BTW: The delightful Kim at Stirring the Pot, kindly awarded some of her fellow bloggers with The Lovely Blog Award last week and I want to thank her for thinking of me and for putting me in such great company. I got to know Kim through Tyler Florence Fridays where she is a regular contributor and she has a great blog with lots of fun recipes. Mahalo Kim!

Happy Weekend Everyone!


  1. That looks like a fabulous drink, fun and grown-up at the same time.
    I have to admit, I am don't know sake well enough to know the good from the bad. This calls for an in-depth study!

  2. I have become quite fond of the sake they serve at Hachi (at Red Rock Hotel) - it's super dry, but a bit fruity. And this coming from a girl who doesn't know the first thing about wine.

    And Costco (conveniently) carries the same brand of sake - so I see Sake Drop in my future!

  3. What a perfect Saturday Sipper!! Do you believe that I've never even tried Sake? I need to get on the ball!

  4. What a beautiful, refreshing summer cocktail! We are en route to vacation, and I may have to hunt down the ingredients for this drink so I can enjoy one on the beach before we have to head home!

  5. mmm....sake! It really looks and sounds refreshing. Perfect for an early evening pool side cool down.

  6. I'd heard of lemon drops but not sake drops...sounds delicious!

  7. Delicious drink. I like the vodka version of these a lot, which says a lot since I don't really like vodka!

  8. Sound like a refreshing drink delicious:)

    Thanks for sharing your sake draps!

    Have a great weekend~~~

  9. Fantastic! I bought a small bottle of sake the last time I was at Whole Foods for a recipe I wanted to try and then I couldn't find the recipe. I've been looking for somehting to use the sake in ever since. I can't wait to give these a try!


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