Sake Vodka Martini

I was first introduced to this incredible libation at a sushi restaurant in Boston. Rather than vermouth, the bartender substituted sake and instead of olives, a thin slice of cucumber was floating on top.

No need to have sushi to have this drink at the end of a long day.


  • Grey Goose Vodka (or your preference)
  • Sake (Any brand that doesn’t have a screwtop)
  • Cucumber, skinned and thinly sliced


  • Chilled martini glass
  • Martini mixer & strainer
  • Shot glass


  1. Add 1 part Sake to 4 parts Vodka
  2. Shake with whole ice
  3. Strain into Martini glass with cucumber

What you should know

Martini Quick Links

  1. Gin Martini (traditional)
  2. Bitter Martini
  3. The Rise and Fall of the Martini
  4. Cocktail Recipes
Re: Sake Vodka Martini

What a great twist on a classic drink. I love the sake variation. I wonder if this works with gin as well.

red wine

Vodka usually has an alcohol content of 35% to 50% by volume. The classic Russian, Lithuanian and Polish vodka is 40% (80 proof). This can be attributed to the Russian standards for vodka production introduced in 1894 by Alexander III. According to the Vodka Museum in Moscow, Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev (more famous for his work in developing the periodic table) found the perfect percentage to be 38%. However, since spirits in his time were taxed on their strength, the percentage was rounded up to 40 to simplify the tax computation. red wine

Re: Sake Vodka Martini