Best Sake Cocktail Recipe

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An expertly mixed drink shouldn't make you want to lie down and take a nap afterward. Just ask Drew Lazor and the editors of Punch, who in their new book, Session Cocktails, are exploring a whole world of low-alcohol drinks where you don't have to hesitate about ordering a second round. The book's recipes come courtesy of the industry's best mixologists, including Kenta Goto of Bar Goto in NYC. Here, he switches out the gin in a classic Southside cocktail for mellow sake, building on a base of elderflower liqueur, shiso leaves, lemon juice and a touch of tequila.

See an unconventional way to use up your leftover sake and take a look at one of the East Coast's first sake distilleries.

Reprinted with permission from 'Session Cocktails: Low-Alcohol Drinks for Any Occasion,' by Drew Lazor and the Editors of PUNCH, copyright © 2018. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

The Far East Side
5 from 43 ratings
Learn how to make a low-ABV sake cocktail from Bar Goto in New York, featured in new book Session Cocktails, by Drew Lazor.
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Total time: 5 minutes
  • 2 ounces sake
  • ¾ ounce elderflower liqueur
  • ½ ounce tequila
  • ¼ ounce lemon juice
  • 3 shiso leaves
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a mixing tin and use a muddler to lightly crush the shiso leaves. Strain into a mixing glass, add ice, and stir until chilled. Strain into a coupe.
Calories per Serving 181
Total Fat 0.1 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 13.3 g
Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
Total Sugars 8.3 g
Sodium 3.2 mg
Protein 0.3 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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