Sake Martini Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Sake Martini, also known as the Saketini, is a fusion of East and West, combining the classic elegance of a martini with the delicate flavors of Japanese sake. This cocktail gained popularity in the 1990s, as the world began to embrace Japanese cuisine and culture. It is a favorite among those who appreciate the subtle nuances of sake and the sophistication of a martini.

  • The Saketini is a modern take on the classic martini, with a Japanese twist
  • It gained popularity in the 1990s, as the world embraced Japanese cuisine and culture
  • Ideal for those who appreciate the subtle flavors of sake and the sophistication of a martini

How Sake Martini Tastes?

The Sake Martini is a delicate, smooth, and slightly floral cocktail with a hint of sweetness. It is light and refreshing, with a subtle hint of umami from the sake.

Interesting facts about Sake Martini

  • The Saketini is a fusion of East and West, combining the classic elegance of a martini with the delicate flavors of Japanese sake
  • Sake, also known as rice wine, is a traditional Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice
  • The Saketini can be garnished with a variety of ingredients, such as cucumber, lemon twist, or even a shiso leaf, to add a touch of elegance and enhance the flavor profile


  • Gin: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Sake: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Dry vermouth: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Garnish: Lemon twist or cucumber slice

A few good options for Sake Martini are:

  • Tanqueray Gin
  • Roku Japanese Gin

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The gin is the spine of this cocktail; it brings botanical notes that form a complex base. Too much gin can overpower the subtle sake, too little and you miss out on the foresty goodness. If you swap it out for, say, vodka, you'll have a more neutral taste which some may prefer for a smoother sail.

Mary Mitkina


Sake adds a smooth, rice-based flair that turns this martini into an East meets West affair. It's the peace envoy between gin and vermouth. Without it, you just have a rather conventional martini. Take care not to let it dominate; sake's depth can drown out gin's charm if overpoured.

Mary Mitkina

Dry Vermouth

Dry vermouth is our herbal whisperer in the background, it drys out the sweetness, steering the drink to martini territory. Without this, the scales tip, and it might be too sweet or too botanical. If you're feeling wild, a dash of sweet vermouth could swing it to a fresh dimension, but watch out—it's not everyone's cuppa.

Alex Green


A lemon twist electrifies with citrus zing, while a cucumber slice cools and calms. Choose your adventure. No garnish? It's like forgetting to smile at your customers—a missed chance to brighten the experience. With an olive, for example, you'd stroll down a more savory lane.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Sake Martini Drink

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice
  2. Add 2 oz of gin, 1 oz of sake, and 0.5 oz of dry vermouth
  3. Stir the ingredients until well-chilled
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass
  5. Garnish with a lemon twist or cucumber slice

Pro Tips

  • Use a high-quality sake for the best flavor
  • Experiment with different garnishes to find your preferred taste and presentation
  • Chill the martini glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cold and refreshing

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Sushi: The clean, umami flavors of sushi complement the dry and aromatic qualities of the Sake Martini.
  • Tempura: Lightly fried dishes like tempura balance well with the subtle botanicals of gin and the hint of rice flavor from the sake.
  • Charcuterie: A selection of cured meats can accentuate the complex flavors of the cocktail.
  • Cheese Plate: Semi-hard cheeses like Gouda or Edam are excellent with the martini's crisp profile.

Drink Pairings

  • Green Tea: Non-alcoholic and earthy, green tea can be a palate cleanser that pairs well with the dryness of the martini.
  • Sparkling Water with a Dash of Lime: To refresh the palate between sips of the martini.

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What you could change in Sake Martini

  • Gin can be substituted with vodka for a milder flavor
  • Sake can be replaced with a different type of rice wine, such as mirin, for a sweeter taste

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And of course - twists🍹

Green Tea Sake Martini

  • Add a dash of chilled green tea to the mix.
  • Stir with the rest of the ingredients as usual.
  • The green tea adds a refreshing herbal twist and lightens the cocktail.
  • This variation is perfect if you seek a touch of tranquility along with your evening buzz.

Yuzu Sake Martini

  • Replace the lemon twist with a yuzu peel.
  • The yuzu offers a fragrant and tart citrus flavor that's uniquely sophisticated.
  • This twist will transport your taste buds straight to an elegant bar in Tokyo.

Spicy Sake Martini

  • Muddle a slice of fresh jalapeño in the mixing glass before adding the other ingredients.
  • The jalapeño will give the cocktail a spicy kick that's sure to wake up your senses.
  • It’s a fiery twist for those who like to walk on the wild side of the taste spectrum.

In case you forgot basics how to make Sake Martini

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Sake Martini

What is the best time to enjoy a Sake Martini?

Sake Martini is a sophisticated cocktail that can be enjoyed anytime, but it's particularly good as an aperitif before a meal, or during a cocktail party.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of Sake Martini?

Yes, you can substitute the gin and sake with non-alcoholic alternatives. Non-alcoholic gin alternatives and sake substitutes like non-alcoholic white grape juice can be used.

How do I properly store sake?

Store sake in a cool, dark place, preferably in the refrigerator. Once a bottle of sake is opened, it's best to consume it within a few days as its taste changes over time.

Can I use flavored sake in a Sake Martini?

Yes, flavored sake can add an interesting twist to your cocktail, but be considerate of the end taste. If the sake flavor is too strong, it might dominate the cocktail.

What food pairs well with Sake Martini?

Sake Martini pairs well with seafood, sushi, Asian cuisine, cheeses, and many types of appetizers.

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