Japanese Mule: 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.

All my favorite ingredients combined, I am captain cocktail!

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.

A champagne glass filled with the Japanese mule cocktail with a thin slice of lime on the rim, with a bottle of sake and a can of ginger beer in the background to the left and a jug of Japanse mule cocktail in the background to the right

Japanese Mule: A Ginger Beer and Sake Cocktail

Dorothy Porker
The perfect lightly spiced and fresh cocktail combines all my favorite ingredients for both summer and winter nights.
Prep Time 5 mins
Steeping time 15 mins
Course Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine American, Japanese
Servings 2


  • Jug + covering
  • Fridge


  • 1 can ginger beer
  • 1 c - 250 ml sake better quality means better results here
  • bunch coriander stems removed
  • 1/4 cucumber thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lime thinly sliced
  • 1" - 1.5 cm ginger peeled and thinly sliced
  • ice cubes to taste, in summer


  • Slowly pour 1 can of ginger beer into a jug. Let it run in gently down the side to avoid it losing too much fizz.
  • Add 1 c - 250 ml of sake.
  • Roughly tear up leaves of 1 bunch of coriander and add these to the gingerbeer/ sake mixture with 1/4 thinly sliced cucumber, 1/2 thinly sliced lime and 1" - 1.5 cm's of peeled and thinly sliced ginger.
  • 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.


To make this alcohol free double the ginger beer and leave out the sake.
Keyword cilantro, cocktail, coriander, ginger beer, mule, sake

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