I used to drink quite a bit. So much in fact, that I had to stop drinking for a few years. It did me good.
Lucky for me I didn’t have the kind of drinking problem that required me to stop drinking forever. But taking time off changed my attitude towards alcohol and these days, except on very rare occasion, I prefer to drink something really nice and not too much of it.
Cut back to a few years ago, when I was in the mood for a nice refreshing cocktail but not in the mood to go outside. I had ginger beer. I had sake. And some other bits and bobs. “Make yourself a Japanese mule,” the internet whispered into my ear.
I was short a cucumber then, but it really needs a few slices because otherwise your cocktail will turn out quite dry. Perfect as a refresher on a hot summer evening but also spicy enough to last you throughout cold winter nights.
Japanse Mule: Ginger Beer and Sake Cocktail
- 2 c ginger beer
- 1 c sake not the cheapest, but also not the most expensive
- bunch coriander
- 1/4 cucumber thinly sliced
- 1/2 lime thinly sliced
- a thumb ginger peeled and thinly sliced
- ice cubes to taste, in summer
- Slowly pour the ginger beer into a jug. Let it run in gently down the side so as not to lose too much of its fizz.
- Add the sake.
- Roughly tear up the coriander leaves and add these in with the cucumber, lime and ginger slices.
- Cover and let sit in your fridge to let the flavors come together for a little bit, about 15 minutes or so. And pour into the most beautiful glasses you can find.
- Finish with some ice cubes if you want.