Hi there. I’m Neil. I’ll be your bartender this evening. What’s it gonna be? This week, I’m going to share a very simple recipe. It arrived in the United States in Queens, NY at the 1964 Worlds Fair. It didn’t fair very well. It was re-introduced in the 90′s during the martini revival, and thankfully the Saketini is now here to stay. It’s a simple cocktail that basically replaces the vermouth from a classic martini with your choice of sake. Grab some takeout dynamite rolls, shake up two of these, and it’s a date. I’ve been told that you can use flavored sake as well, although I’ve never tried it. Here’s the basic original that’s always made me happy:
*2 1/2 measures of your choice vodka or gin (traditionally gin, also my preference)
*1/2 measure sake (any sake will do, flavored or plain)
Just shake both the vodka and the sake over ice just like you’d shake any old martini. Serve it in a chilled martini glass and garnish with either olive or twist of lemon.
Everyone loves sushi/saketini night. I know we do! Enjoy.