Saké Restaurant & Bar splashes into summer with new cocktail series

Saké Restaurant & Bar is heading in to summer with a splash of new cocktails that blend exquisite Japanese spirits with refreshing fruits, berries, juices, sodas, tonics and teas.

All six Saké restaurants across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane have ‘summerified’ their drinks list with six new cocktails, including two additions to the group’s famous Japanese-inspired gin bowls.

Both supercharged G&Ts blend Japanese-inspired or Australian gin, with sake or umeshu, unique tonics and stunning botanicals and are served over ice in a voluminous, stemmed glass that enhances the beautiful aromatics.

The Murasinko Mirror (pictured below) combines Jinzu Gin, Kozaemon Yuzu Sake, cherry blossom syrup and Pink Citrus Tonic and is punctuated with juniper berries and served in a star anise, smoke-infused glass.

This deep pink, sweet-yet-smoky flavoured G&T is contrasted by the Simple Suppai, which blends sour yuzu umeshu with The West Winds Sabre gin, yuzu juice, kaffir lime zest, Strangelove Tonic No.8 and juniper berries.

From gin bowls we move to highballs, and the Senotakai Time is served long over ice and heroes Suntory Toki Whisky and Houraisen Umeshu Kanjuku, married with the citrus sweetness of lemon oleo-saccharum and the soft fruitiness of the mandarin soda it is topped with.

Another highlight from the new cocktail list is Amore Giappone, which means Love Japan, and is a twist on Italy’s world-famous spritz. The pretty, pink drink is garnished with sliced strawberries and pomegranate seeds and blends Poor Toms Strawberry Gin, Aperol, hibiscus tea syrup and Chandon Rockpool Cuvee.

Other drinks include the Kirameku Blood, a daiquiri-spritz fusion, and the smoky-sweet Dietan and Pear, which brings together Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch whisky with Kabosu Sake, and pear puree and honey.

Saké restaurants are located at The Rocks, Double Bay and Manly in Sydney; Flinders Lane and Hamer Hall in Melbourne; and Eagle Street Pier in Brisbane.

Reservations: sakerestaurant.com.au.

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