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If you haven’t had a sake cocktail before, you will love them. I order them every chance I get (which isn’t all that often) and I especially love sake cocktails with ginger beer. They pair really well together, as does the gin in this recipe.

I’ve had these a few times already and I’ve used both lemon and lime juice. Whatever you have on hand works just fine, but I preferred the lime. It was just so crisp and fresh. Either way, you’ll love them.

a cocktail glaass filled with saketini and garnished

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Here’s‌ ‌what‌ ‌you’ll‌ ‌need‌ ‌to‌ ‌make‌ ‌ginger beer cocktail

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Jigger
  • Martini or coupe glasses
  • Cocktail picks (optional, for garnish)
pouring a ginger sakitini into a coupe glass

How‌ ‌to‌ ‌make‌ ‌a saketini

Shake the cocktail. Combine everything except for the ginger beer in a cocktail shaker with ice until it’s really, really cold.

Fill your glasses. Once it’s cold, divide the the mixture between two martini glasses and top each with ginger beer.

Garnish with cucumber. I used a mandolin to slice my cucumber super thin before weaving it onto the cocktail picks, but you can use a thin cucumber slice or just skip it all together.

sake ginger beer cocktail garnished with cucumber

FAQ’s‌ ‌and‌ ‌tips‌ ‌for‌ ‌making‌ ‌cocktails‌ ‌with‌ ‌ginger‌ ‌beer‌ ‌

What‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌saketini?‌ ‌

The saketini is a martini that uses sake instead of the traditional vermouth used in a martini. There are often other ingredients added to pair with the sake, like the ginger beer in this recipe.

Can‌ ‌I‌ ‌make‌ ‌saketini‌ ‌with‌ ‌vodka?‌ ‌

Yes‌ ‌you‌ ‌could.‌ ‌Many‌ ‌saketini‌ ‌recipes‌ ‌are‌ ‌made‌ ‌with‌ ‌vodka‌ ‌instead‌ ‌of‌ ‌gin. You can easily swap them out in this recipe. Although the floral notes of the‌ ‌gin‌ ‌pair really well with the sake.

Can‌ ‌you‌ ‌get‌ ‌drunk‌ ‌on‌ ‌sake?‌ ‌

Sake‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌low‌ ‌proof‌ ‌alcohol‌ ‌so‌ ‌it‌ ‌would‌ ‌take‌ ‌a‌ ‌large‌ ‌amount‌ ‌to‌ ‌make‌ ‌you‌ ‌drunk.‌ ‌Most‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌time‌ ‌it‌ ‌isn’t‌ ‌the‌ ‌sake‌ ‌that‌ ‌makes‌ ‌someone‌ ‌drunk‌ ‌but‌ ‌the‌ ‌other‌ ‌alcohol‌ ‌that‌ ‌is‌ ‌paired‌ ‌with‌ ‌it‌, like the gin in this saketini

ginger saketini

More‌ ‌gin cocktail‌s:

More drink recipes‌ ‌to‌ ‌try‌:


Ginger Saketinis

These ginger saketinis are made with traditional, dry sake paired with gin and lime juice, then topped off with fizzy ginger beer and a cucumber slice. They are crisp and refreshing, and are sure to become one of your favorite ginger cocktail recipes.
  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Cuisine: American, Japanese


  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 3 ounces sake
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • Ginger beer
  • Cucumber slices (for garnish)


  1. In a shaker with ice, combine the gin, sake and lime juice. Shake until very cold.
  2. Pour into chosen glasses (over ice, if desired). Top with ginger beer and garnish with a cucumber slice.

Last Updated on October 28, 2021 by Melissa Belanger

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    1. Honestly, I have no idea. I haven’t made it in a while, but we don’t have much of a selection at our store, so I got what I could!