The Far East Side: Sake Southside Cocktail

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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.

The Far East Side

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.

Yield: 1 cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: N/A

Total Time: 5 minutes


2 ounces sake

¾ ounce elderflower liqueur

½ ounce tequila

¼ ounce lemon juice

3 shiso leaves


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.



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