Mixology: Sake Recipes

In Japanese culture bartending is regarded as an art form and much pride is taken in perfecting the craft, Drinks are mixed with precision and the focus is on crafting clean, well balanced flavours rather than high alcohol content.

Mizuwari (meaning mixed with water) is a popular way of drinking in Japan and the interest in refreshing long drinks is in high demand in New Zealand and Sake with all its intrinsic health benefits is a perfect partner for creating inspirational drinks to enjoy and match with a meal.

Explore our collection of sake recipes and get creative with sake!

Somm-sake cocktails with a twist

SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: Sake can be served in a wide range of temperatures, so create a cocktail to warm and delight in the colder months!

Glass: Heat-resistant glass
Garnish: Cinnamon stick


  • Sake 40ml
  • Amaretto Disaronno 20ml
  • Hot water 60ml
  • Sugar cube 1
  • Cinnamon stick 1

Method: (build)
Build in a heat-resistant glass with sake and amaretto and add hot water. Drop in the sugar cube. Add a cinnamon stick and serve.

Glass: Old-fashioned glass
Garnish: Lemon slice, orange slice and maraschino cherry


  • Sake 50ml
  • Angostura® bitters 1dash
  • Sugar cube 1
  • Maraschino cherry 1
  • Orange slice or wedge 1
  • Lemon slice 1

Method: (build)
Add the sake and Angostura bitters to an old-fashioned glass fill with ice (large ice cubes are better) and mix well. Garnish with a lemon slice, orange slice, maraschino cherry with a cocktail pin. Add a stir stick and serve.

Glass: Old-fashioned glass
Garnish: Lemon slice


  • Sake 30ml
  • Vodka  20ml
  • Lemon juice 10ml

Method: (build)
Add all ingredients into an old-fashioned glass and fill with ice (large ice cubes are better). Mix well. Garnish with a lemon slice and serve.

Glass: Short tumbler or old-fashioned glass
Garnish: Lime wedges & mint leaves


  • Sake 75ml
  • Sugar syrup  10ml
  • Fresh mint 12 leaves
  • Lime wedges  3~5 (half lime)
  • Soda 1 splash

Method: (build)
Place the mint leaves in the bottom of the glass. Add sugar syrup, lime wedges, and muddle. Add sake and cubed ice (large ice cubes are better). Splash some soda on the top. Garnish with mint leaves, add a drinking straw and serve.

Sake cocktails

Glass: Cocktail glass
Garnish: Olives(1~3) or lemon peel


  • Sake 30ml
  • Dry gin 30ml

Method: (stir)
Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with 1~3 olives or lemon peel and serve. Enjoy!