Rainier Cherry Sake Refesher

by James Stevenson

I have been wanting to create another sake cocktail but wanted to add a seasonal spin. This is the perfect summer sake cocktail with the addition of rainier cherries and Aperol. I traditionally have sushi or some type of Japanese food on Friday nights so I figured this would be the perfect addition to my Friday night meal or happy hour.

, Rainier Cherry Sake Refesher

I am planning on inviting a few friends over and serving a pitcher of these cocktails along with some easy appetizers including edamame, seared tuna, and a sesame salad. I love making drinks that are easily enhanced. This drinks takes your ordinary sake and enhances the flavor with summer infusions. Crank up your Friday night with the summer sake cocktail!

, Rainier Cherry Sake Refesher


  • 2 ounces of Sake
  • 1 ounce Aperol
  • 1 ounce of club soda
  • 6 rainier cherries (4 for the drink and 2 for the garnish)
  • ½ cup of ice

Garnish: Rainier cherries


  1. In a cocktail shaker add Sake, Aperol, rainier cherries, and ice
  2. Muddle mixture then shake for 20 seconds and strain mixture into serving glass
  3. Top with club soda
  4. Garnish: Rainier Cherries

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