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For Goodness Saké – A Saké and Ginger Cocktail

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Last Updated on June 6, 2023 by Leah Hall

A pairing of sake and pickled ginger in this drink! A great sake cocktail!


One of our go to date night meals is heading out for sushi and drinks at one of our favorite local sushi places, Blue Sushi. Any good sushi meal should always include drinks, and one drink that goes hand in hand with sushi is sake. Accompanying any sushi and sake meal is usually a rose of pickled ginger, slightly sweet and spicy and definitely tangy.

Sake cocktali in coupe with pickled ginger garnish. Mixing glass with bar spoon and another coupe in front of black background

Sake Cocktail

We were enjoying a small cup of sake and noticed that the flavors of the sake and the ginger really worked together. It was one of those moments where the inspiration for a new cocktail strikes and we started thinking about how we could meld the flavors together.

Sake Cocktail in a cocktail coupe with a piece of ginger sticking out. On black background with mixing glass and another cocktail coupe in the background

Mixing Glass / Coupe / Bar Spoon

In summer, tangy cocktails are especially popular as they can be a great way to beat the heat and be very refreshing. The For Goodness Saké fits the tangy bill, combining the pickled ginger juice with a nice premium Junmai sake. The pickled ginger juice is surprisingly sweet and tangy, as the process for pickling ginger uses sugar and vinegar, yet still has a nice gingery bite.


What Ingredients are Needed for the For Goodness Sake?

  • Sake
  • Pickled Ginger Juice
  • Lime Juice
  • Simple Syrup


The sake has a smooth slightly sweet flavor, with hints of floral and fruit while still remaining crisp. Fresh squeezed lime juice adds a bright citrus flavor that brings out the tang of the pickled ginger and the fruit of the sake. We did add a dash of simple syrup to help with the bite of the ginger, and it plays well together!

Sake cocktail in coupe with slice of pickled ginger

We added a slash of Simple Syrup to help balance the sour, which made the drink a very refreshing combination of sweet and tart. A garnish of pickled ginger adds a beautiful visual element as well as giving the drink an extra hit of ginger (plus when you finish the cocktail, you have a snack!)


Is Sake Like Wine?

It is a beverage fermented from rice. So in that way it is more like beer, but not carbonated. The flavor of sake is more like a wine.

Can Sake Go Bad?

Sake is not meant for aging like wine. It is meant to be consumed fresh, within a year or two of buying it.




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cocktail in coupe with slice of pickled ginger, another empty coupe in back with mixing glass and bar spoon in front of a black background
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For Goodness Sake - A Sake and Ginger Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

An intriguing mix of sake and pickled ginger in this cocktail.


Sake Cocktail

  • 1.50 ounces Sake
  • 1 ounce pickled ginger juice
  • .50 ounce simple syrup
  • .25 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 slice pickled ginger


Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass.

Add ice. Stir until chilled.

Strain into a cocktail coupe.

Garnish with a slice of pickled ginger.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 113Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1600mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0.1gProtein: 0.2g

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Jamie Gates

Friday 10th of June 2016

What a refreshing cocktail. I can't resist a good pun! We are big fans of Blue at our house too.

The 'Noms.

Saturday 18th of June 2016

Thanks! We thought it was very witty! ;)


Thursday 2nd of June 2016

This cocktail looks wonderful! I always gravitate towards drinks with ginger, so I know I'd love this one! Thank you for sharing!!

The 'Noms.

Saturday 18th of June 2016

Thanks! We thought it was a great flavor combo!


Tuesday 31st of May 2016

Yum! LOVE Sake. I'll take two, please! xx

The 'Noms.

Thursday 2nd of June 2016

Thanks, cheers!


Tuesday 31st of May 2016

This sounds so refreshing. When I first saw the photo, I thought it was a flame. So glad it's ginger! Perfect for summer.

The 'Noms.

Thursday 2nd of June 2016

Thanks so much! Man, a flame would have been impressive!


Tuesday 31st of May 2016

I love sake! I worked at a sushi bar for years and drank my fair share;) yummy!

The 'Noms.

Thursday 2nd of June 2016

Nice, I bet you did! We thought this was a great cocktail!

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