At Moto-i in Minneapolis, we’re dedicated to making and serving the best sake in the Twin Cities. Our on-site brewery makes it easy to show people how our sake is made, and we’re always striving to create the most flavorful varieties. While you can order traditional drinks by the glass, we also have sake cocktails that offer something different in the way of flavors. Many of these, like our Cedar Lake Cider, you can only get at our restaurant, but in this post, we’ll look at some cocktails that you can make at home.

Sake Cucumber Cooler

We serve something similar to this at Moto-i, and it’s perhaps more of a warm-weather drink, but this Sake Cucumber Cooler can be a great choice when you’re mixing cocktails at home.

What You’ll Need:

1 rocks glass
Ice cubes
2 ounces of sake
½ ounce of yuzu (check your local international grocery store)
2 slices of cucumber
Few small sprigs of cilantro

Put the cucumber slices and sprigs of cilantro into the shaker and muddle well. Once you’ve done that, add the sake, yuzu, and ice cubes. Shake everything well to break down the cucumber, and then double strain into the rocks glass with ice. Take an extra slice of cucumber and add as a garnish!

Cherry Vanilla Sake

This fizzy cocktail is sure to appeal to many people who haven’t tried sake, as the flavors found in it tend to balance well.

What You’ll Need:

2 ounces unsweetened cherry juice
2 ounces sake
⅛ teaspoon vanilla extract
Splash of club soda

Fill your cocktail shaker with ice, then add the cherry juice, sake, and vanilla. Shake well for about 20 to 30 seconds until everything is chilled. Pour the ingredients into a small cocktail glass and then add the splash of club soda. You may need to stir it a bit to blend all the flavors together.

Trying Our Cocktails at Home

While we’re always happy to see you, we know that there are some nights when you just want to stay in and have a drink in front of the fire, the TV, or both. Some of the cocktails that we can be made at home, and ingredients shouldn’t be too hard to find.

The Zodiac

What You’ll Need:

Junmai sake
Absolut® Pear vodka
Lychee puree (this a fruit that is grown mostly in China, and you should be able to find it at an international market)
Elderflower liqueur (St. Germain® from France is a great choice)

For the measurements, you may have to test them a few times to get it right, but with the blend of the sake, the fruitiness of the vodka, the lychee puree, and the Prosecco, along with the fragrance of the elderflower, you’ll soon make a tasty cocktail you’ll want to have again and again.

If you’re interested in trying sake for the first time, or you want to taste a cocktail made by our experienced bartenders, come to Moto-i today. We’re open seven days a week until 2:00am, so no matter how late you’re out, we’d love to have you stop by!