At Moto-i in Minneapolis, we love the summertime and all that comes with it. Whether you’re spending all your time by the pool, or you’re getting out and seeing parts of the city that you’ve never visited before, summer is a great time for both relaxing and exploring. We all know that the one thing that many people want when they’re lounging by the pool, or after they’ve been out and about is a nice, cold cocktail.

When you visit our sake bar, you can enjoy a refreshing cocktail that will help you cool down after a day of shopping or exploring, or if you’ve been inside all day, you can simply enjoy it with your favorite Japanese cuisine. We have a great selection to choose from, and we’ll gladly recommend our favorites!

Cool and Refreshing Options

Many summertime cocktails mix the cool and refreshing flavors of citrus into their recipes. These fruity tastes often balance well with sake, and one example is our “Frostbite Fizz,” which combines Junmai, gin, egg whites, simple syrup, fresh lime, and Jamaican bitters. It’s a great way to cool down on a hot day!

Add a Little Spice to Your Summer

If you love spicy food, then you might scour the city during the summer, looking for the spiciest and most flavorful dishes. We have options on our food menu that can add a little spice to your summer, but the one cocktail that you have to try is our “Hustle & Heat.” This drink takes Junmai sake, mezcal, orange liqueur, beet puree, and chili simple syrup and combines them all into a delicious concoction. This is a spicy cocktail that claps back!

Whiskey for Warm Weather

You might love a glass of neat whiskey in the winter, but a whiskey cocktail on the rocks can be a great way to beat the summer heat. Our “Whiskey Business” cocktail blends Junmai, Maker’s Mark® bourbon, honey, clove, orange zest, and green tea matcha dust. The bourbon and clove provide just the right amount of savory, while the honey and orange balance the drink with a bit of sweet.

A Different Take on the Bloody Mary

Bloody marys are a popular choice for weekend brunch, and at Moto-i, we’ve created a bit of a different take. By combining Junmai, dill aquavit, our house bloody mix, togarashi celery salt, and JRL snit, we make what we call our “Stryker’s Best Bloody.” You can order one of these and enjoy it on Stryker’s Lookout, our rooftop patio!

A cold cocktail can be the perfect remedy after you’ve been out in the sun, and if you find yourself in the Lyn-Lake neighborhood of Minneapolis this summer, then stop by our sake bar for a great selection. Our servers and bartenders will make sure that you find the perfect cocktail, and you can even take a tour of our on-site sake brewery. We also have a great selection of wine, as well as beer from several Minnesota-based breweries.

We look forward to seeing you soon!