Cocktail help needed

Last week over a very nice dinner at Feenie’s, I had a lychee drop cocktail, which was described as lychee juice and sake. I tried to recreate that at home with “lychee nectar” (which is juice-like in consistency, no matter the name) and Gekkeikan sake, which happened to be the only kind in my cupboard. The sake taste is all wrong in my version. It could be because it’s the wrong kind of sake — I know there are all kinds. Alternatively, does sake age poorly? (We’ve had it unopened for years). Feenie’s version was very smooth — Summer in a glass, as Shantel described it. Mine is just lychee juice and a quite “dark” sake taste.

Any advice from my cocktail-aware readers?

–david

Update: Shantel has been trying to replicate the same and is happy with 1oz vodka, 2oz sake (same brand), and 2oz lychee syrup.

2 Comments

  1. Most sake doesn’t age at all. I wouldn’t keep any for more than a year, and for special occasions only buy fresh. The little of it that is aged, is made to be aged too, so don’t think about trying to age your own.

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  2. sake comes in quite a variety of flavors and gekkeikan is definitely not one of the nicer ones, you can find them with a more fruity taste that would go with the lychee

    all in all, you can go quite far into different sake, lots of reading likely available online

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