Spring is here. Finally. What’s more, Summer is darned close. For both of these seasons I like to keep refreshing beverages around, and when it comes to back-yard get-togethers, I really like to have good cocktails to present my guests.
For those of you who (like me) like your drinks to be cool and refreshing, I present to you the saketini. If you are as of yet uninitiated to the saketini, it is what it sounds like: a sake martini.
Why would you do such a thing? Taint the almighty martini? Because it’s delicious! In our version we take our ever-popular Caterpillar, a juice brimming with cooling cucumber, wheatgrass, and pineapple, and combine it with not only sake, but prosecco as well.
While the standard glassware for this drink would be a martini glass (as its name suggests), we’ve found that a champagne flute will help keep that bubbly effervescence alive a little longer. However, with the juice in the mix the bubbles usually disappear so quickly that any ole' glass will do. And let’s be honest, it looks really cool in a proper martini glass.
- 2 oz Prosecco
- 1 oz Sake
- 1-2 oz Caterpillar
- Lemon twist for garnish
Combine ice, caterpillar, and sake in cocktail shaker and shake to combine. Fill a martini glass halfway with prosecco, and fill the remaining portion of the glass (remembering that these glasses like to spill!) with the caterpillar sake blend. Finish with an elegant lemon twist and serve immediately.
A couple other quick suggestions:
- If you don’t like sake, feel free to use vodka or gin.
- Use prosecco....This stuff is made in a style that doesn’t have the delicious yeasty, bready aromas of good champagne. While those flavors are fantastic in their own right they don’t really get along with the clean wheatgrass and pineapple flavors in this cocktail, so save your champagne for a different occasion, save a few bucks, and keep that cocktail nice and refreshing!