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Kyoto Sour


Kyoto Sour Cocktail  - Gekkeikan Sake

Kyoto Sour

Photo Courtesy: © Gekkeikan Sake
Sake is finding its way into more cocktails and it is a wonderful base ingredient. This Kyoto Sour is a unique twist on the classic sour cocktails, and it's what one might expect from a sake cocktail.

It begins with Gekkeikan Haiku, one of the more readily available sakes in the U.S., and a dash of Tabasco with grapefruit for that spicy-citrus flavor that goes so well with sake. The sweetener options are a matter of choice and I've tried it with both agave nectar and Barenjager, finding that both are excellent options that I encourage you to explore. This is a fantastic pre-sushi drink.

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail



  1. Muddle grapefruit and Tabasco in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add Gekkeikan Haiku sake, lemon juice and agave nectar/Bärenjäger.
  3. Shake vigorously.
  4. Strain into a old-fashioned glass filled with ice and garnish with a mint sprig.

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