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How to Make a Saketini

A subtle twist on the vodka martini, this drink simply substitutes Japanese rice wine, or sake, for vermouth. Try it and you just might develop a yen for this delight.


  • Step 1: Chill glass Chill the martini glass by filling it with ice and water, and set it aside.
  • Step 2: Fill w/ ice Fill the mixing glass with ice.
  • Step 3: Add vodka & sake Add the vodka and sake.
  • TIP: Storing your sake in the refrigerator can help preserve it for up to a year.
  • Step 4: Shake Using the cocktail shaker as a lid for the mixing glass, shake vigorously for about 10 seconds.
  • Step 5: Empty & wipe Empty the now chilled martini glass and quickly wipe the inside to remove any trace of moisture.
  • Step 6: Strain Strain the contents of the shaker into the martini glass.
  • Step 7: Garnish Garnish with an olive. Kampai!
  • FACT: Although sake is referred to as a wine, it's actually closely related to beer since it's made from a grain—rice—rather than fruit.

You Will Need

  • 2.5 oz vodka
  • 0.5 oz sake
  • Olives
  • Ice
  • A mixing glass
  • A cocktail shaker
  • A cocktail glass
  • A clean napkin or cloth
  • Japanese cucumber (optional)

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