Green Tea Saketini: a Green Tea Cocktail

This Green Tea Saketini is a Green Tea Cocktail inspired by a vodka martini with tea-infused sake in place of dry vermouth. It’s a sophisticated, tea-flavored cocktail completely unlike the Green Tea Shot made with whiskey and peach schnapps.

So read on for tips and tricks for making a tea cocktail. Or just grab your tea bags, hit that Jump to Recipe button, and let’s make a tea saketini!

pale yellow cocktail in a coupe on two coasters garnished with a cucumber accordion and next to a brass jigger.

Ingredients

  • Green tea is a type of tea that has only been minimally oxidized during process. This results in a lighter, less bitter flavor with grassy, vegetal notes. You can use any type of green tea in this cocktail recipe.
  • Sake is a traditional Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice. I prefer a Junmai sake, one made without additional alcohol, like SakeMoto, but you can use any well-flavored sake you like.
  • Vodka is the base liquor in this saketini because of its neutral flavor. If you prefer gin, I would recommend a cucumber-infused gin like Hendrick’s.

Please see the recipe card below for complete information on ingredients and quantities.

 

Recipe tips and tricks

This green tea saketini recipe was first developed for my 52 weeks of cocktails challenge. The saketini is a mash-up of my favorite dry martini with vodka and my Lady Bridgerton cocktail, a gin cocktail infused with Earl Grey tea.

The amount of time to infuse tea in liquor depends on the type of tea I’m using and my desired flavor intensity. Generally, you should infuse green tea a shorter time than other teas, about one to three hours, to avoid extracting too much bitterness.

Want to learn more and up your cocktail making at home? Check out the formulas for how to make classic cocktails and variations and my list of essential bar tools. Or you can formalize your cocktail education like I did with a Level 1 Certification in Spirits from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust.

Tip from the wise quacker: The general teaching is that cocktails with citrus juices should be shaken, but cocktails with only alcohols should be stirred.

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Recipe

Green Tea Saketini: a Green Tea Cocktail

5 from 1 vote
Category: Drinks
Cuisine: Japanese
Prep Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 169kcal
This Green Tea Saketini is a Green Tea Cocktail inspired by a vodka martini with tea-infused sake in place of dry vermouth. It's a sophisticated, tea-flavored cocktail that's perfect before dinner or your favorite Asian-inspired meals.
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Ingredients

  • 1 ounce (30 milliliters) sake Junmai type works well
  • 1 bag green tea
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 cucumber slice for garnish

Instructions

  • Add the tea bag to the sake in a clean glass jar or a cocktail shaker and infuse for one to three hours.
    1 ounce (30 milliliters) sake, 1 bag green tea
  • Discard the tea bag and combine the vodka and green tea-infused sake in a cocktail shaker with ice. Stir until chilled, then strain into a coupe or martini glass and garnish with the cucumber.
    2 ounces vodka, 1 cucumber slice

Notes

The green tea can be infused into the sake for one to three hours, depending on your preference for the strength of the green tea flavor in your cocktail.
You can infuse more than one ounce for more green tea cocktails. Store the green tea-infused sake in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Tasters preferred the two to one ratio and vodka in this saketini over gin. Please feel free to vary these to your taste. If using gin, I would recommend a cucumber-infused gin like Hendrick’s.

Nutrition

Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 8mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.04mg
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