Saketini 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 Saketini cocktail is a Japanese-inspired twist on the classic Martini, combining the flavors of sake and gin or vodka. It gained popularity in the 1960s and 1970s as Japan's influence on global culture grew. This elegant cocktail is perfect for those who appreciate the delicate flavors of sake and the sophistication of a Martini.

  • Origin: Japan
  • Popular in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Ideal for sake and Martini lovers

How Saketini Tastes?

The Saketini has a delicate, smooth, and slightly floral taste with hints of juniper and citrus. It is a well-balanced cocktail that is neither too sweet nor too sour, with a light and refreshing finish.

Interesting facts about Saketini

  • The Saketini is a fusion of Eastern and Western flavors, combining Japanese sake with Western gin or vodka.
  • The name 'Saketini' is a portmanteau of 'sake' and 'martini'.
  • Saketinis can be garnished with a variety of ingredients, such as cucumber, lemon twist, or even a cherry blossom for a more traditional Japanese touch.


A few good options for Saketini are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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A few good options for Saketini are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Sake, often referred to as Japanese rice wine, is the heart of the Saketini. At 2 ounces, it provides a nuanced, sometimes floral or fruity, base. Think of it as the canvas for our boozy masterpiece. Too much sake, and the drink becomes less of a cocktail and more of a chilled sake - not necessarily a bad thing, but not a Saketini. Omit it, and well, it's not a Saketini anymore, is it? If you're feeling adventurous, try different types of sake to explore new flavor profiles.

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Gin or Vodka

1 ounce of gin or vodka gives the Saketini its kick and balances the sake's subtleties. Gin brings botanical notes; think of it as the spice rack to your sake canvas. Vodka, on the other hand, is like that friend who gets along with everyone - clean and unobtrusive. Skip it, and your drink will lack the cocktail's intended spirituous body. If gin's an unwelcome guest for you, stick with vodka for a smoother sip.

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Dry Vermouth

At just 0.5 ounce, dry vermouth is like the final brushstroke on a painting, adding complexity without overwhelming the delicate sake. Vermouth is the wingman - there, but not stealing the show. Without it, the drink's profile becomes a bit too stark; too much, and your Saketini might start to taste like a rehearsed martini line.

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Ice isn't just to make things cold; it's a key player in the texture and dilution of our drink. 'As needed' means enough to chill, but not so much that your drink becomes a watery mess. The magic happens as it stirs: the Saketini becomes crisp and smooth. Without it, you've got a room-temperature puzzler, and nobody wants that.

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Cucumber slice or Lemon twist

Finally, garnish with style - a single cucumber slice or lemon twist. Cucumber gives a spa-like freshness, akin to someone whispering 'relaxation' into your drink. The lemon twist? It's like sunshine in your glass, bright and citrusy. Choose neither, and your Saketini is naked; still delicious, but missing that final, Instagram-worthy touch.

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Recipe. How to make Saketini Drink

  1. Chill a martini glass by filling it with ice and water, then set aside.
  2. In a mixing glass, combine 2oz of sake, 1oz of gin or vodka, and 0.5oz of dry vermouth.
  3. Fill the mixing glass with ice and stir well to chill and dilute the mixture.
  4. Empty the martini glass and strain the Saketini mixture into the chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with a cucumber slice or lemon twist.

Pro Tips

  • Use high-quality sake for a smoother, more refined taste.
  • Stir, don't shake the cocktail to prevent clouding the sake.
  • Experiment with garnishes to add a personal touch.

Perfect Pairings


  • Sushi: Particularly varieties that aren't too overpowering in flavor, such as avocado or cucumber sushi, complement the delicate nature of the Saketini.
  • Tempura: The light, crispness of tempura offers a textural contrast to the smooth Saketini.
  • Edamame: The saltiness and subtle taste of edamame pair well without overpowering the Saketini's flavors.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Fish: A simple grilled white fish can complement the Saketini's clean taste.
  • Chicken Yakitori: The savory flavors from the grilled chicken skewers can enhance the drinking experience.


  • Mochi: The subtle sweetness of mochi can pair nicely, especially if the Saketini is made with vodka.
  • Fruit Sorbets: A refreshing sorbet can cleanse the palate between sips of a Saketini.

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What you could change in Saketini

  • Sake: Can be replaced with a dry white wine.
  • Gin or Vodka: Try using a flavored vodka for a different twist.
  • Dry Vermouth: A splash of dry sherry can be used instead.

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And of course - twists🍹

Green Tea Saketini

  • Swap out regular sake for green tea-infused sake.
  • Use vodka for a clear, crisp profile.
  • Follow the standard recipe, but add a pinch of matcha powder before stirring.

This version brings a touch of earthiness and the soothing qualities of green tea. It's as if the Saketini went on a wellness retreat and came back with a new outlook on life. Ideal for when you want a cocktail that's both invigorating and calming.

Spicy Saketini

  • Use sake and a chili-infused vodka.
  • Add a small slice of fresh ginger and a few drops of chili oil.
  • Keep the vermouth the same and follow the rest of the recipe.

This twist turns up the heat, introducing a fiery kick that's sure to warm you from the inside out. Perfect for those who like living on the spicy side of life. The heat is not for the faint of heart, but just right for the brave souls among us.

Floral Saketini

  • Choose a floral gin, like one infused with lavender or rose.
  • Incorporate a splash of elderflower liqueur in place of some vermouth.
  • Garnish with an edible flower instead of cucumber or lemon.

This twist is a walk through a blooming garden in a glass. It's for when you crave something more fragrant and want your senses to be gently caressed by the essence of springtime.

In case you forgot basics how to make Saketini

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 Saketini

What type of sake is recommended for the Saketini?

Use Junmai Daiginjo sake, it provides a smoother and fuller flavor.

Do I need a specific type of gin or vodka for this recipe?

No, you can use your favorite gin or vodka.

Can I substitute other garnishes for a cucumber slice or lemon twist?

Yes, other garnishes such as a cherry blossom or olive can be used for a unique twist.

What type of glass is best for serving a Saketini?

A martini glass is the traditional choice for a Saketini. However, any cocktail glass will work.

Is Saketini a strong cocktail?

The strength of a Saketini depends on the alcohol content of the ingredients used. However, it's usually considered a medium-strength cocktail.

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