Dorothy Porker

Japanese Mule Ginger Beer and Sake Cocktail

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

The perfect lightly spiced and fresh cocktail for summer and winter nights.
Course: Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine: American, Japanese
Keyword: cilantro, cocktail, ginger beer, japanese, mule, sake
Servings: 2 people


  • 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.

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