I created this recipe based on the Sake Mojito offered at Fuji restaurant in Portland. For a little extra zip I added a ginger syrup to my version. It really works!
Enjoy, and always drink responsibly.
6-7 shiso leaves* (or mint leaves), torn
1/2 lime, juiced
3 ounces dry sake
1 ounce Ginger Simple Syrup (recipe follows)
Lime wedge (for garnish)
Shiso leaf or sprig of mint (for garnish)
· Place the torn shiso (or mint) in a cocktail shaker and muddle well. Add lime juice, sake, ginger simple syrup and shake well (at least 17 times).
· Fill large glass with ice. Pour mixture over ice and top with club soda. Garnish with a shiso leaf and lime wedge.
Ginger Simple Syrup:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 (2-inch) piece ginger, thickly sliced
· Place ingredients into small heavy duty saucepan
· Bring to boil, reduce heat to simmer.
· Cook until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and set aside to cool to room temperature.
Chef’s Notes: Shiso is an Asian herb belonging to the mint family. It can be found at Asian markets throughout the US. You can substitute mint in this recipe for an equally delicious result. Simple syrup is a mixture of equal parts sugar and water. The sugar is dissolved, cooled and used as a sweetener. Simple syrup is used in baking and added to hot and chilled drinks. Store unused portion in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.