Tokyo Mojito Recipe

Summertime means sun-drenched patios and pitchers of refreshing, thirst quenching cocktails. One of my favourite places for cocktails is Guu, a local chain of Japanese izakayas. I really like Japanese cocktails-they tend to be lighter on the alcohol and there’s a big focus on fresh flavours.

The other day, Mike and I went to Guu for some snacks and a pitcher of Tokyo Mojitos. Tokyo mojitos are essential the same as regular mojitos with a couple of substitutes: sake instead of rum and ramune instead of club soda.

Ramune is a super-popular carbonated Japanese lemon-lime soda. It’s light, refreshing and not too sweet. It comes in a glass bottle sealed with a marble and to open it, you use the plastic opening tool provided to push the marble down. My bottles were a little shook up on the way home so there was a lot of fizzy exploding in the kitchen.

One of the benefits of this recipe (aside from the fact that you can consume massive amounts without getting as drunk as having rum mojitos) is that you don’t need to create any simple syrup. The ramune is sweet enough that you won’t need any added sugar.

Tokyo mojitos are fizzy, lightly sweetened, minty-lime goodness. They’re definitely one of my new summer go-to cocktails.

Tokyo Mojito Recipe

150 ml sake
600 ml ramune (3 bottles)*
60 ml fresh lime juice
15-20 mint leaves

In a pitcher, muddle the mint leaves with the lime juice. If you don’t have a muddler, make sure you tear the mint leaves to release their mint flavour. Add the sake and ramune to the pitcher and stir well. Add ice and enjoy!

*Ramune should be available in most Asian grocery stores. If you can’t find it, you can substitute simple syrup to taste and club soda. The mojito won’t have the same flavour, but the sake does add a different flavour.

11 Comments add yours

  1. Did you use the original flavor for this one? the one with the lemon lime flavor.. i know there are like 26 different flavors out there. :)

    Yup, I used the original. It’s my favourite.

    steph on August 1st, 2010 at 10:01 am
  2. Wow, this just sounds divine! I can’t really picture how sake would taste in a mojito. Very intriguing!

    The sake is really light tasting and very refreshing.

    steph on August 3rd, 2010 at 10:30 am
  3. Neat. I think I’ll try it with coconut water instead of the ramune ’cause that’s easier to find. Looks real refreshing.

    Good idea! I should look into coconut cocktails…

    steph on August 3rd, 2010 at 10:32 am
  4. What about that drinking glass? Do you know where I could get glasses like those?

    The glass is from Crate and Barrel.

    steph on August 8th, 2010 at 10:07 am
  5. You should try saké caipirhiñas. with regular sugar, Muddle quartered limes so that you get all the oils from the skins, add ice. pour saké and top off with club soda.

    Richard Bacchus on August 11, 2010 at 5:46 pm
  6. Looks amazing!! Thank you for great inspiration! I wonder which sake you use?

    Best regards

    Philip

    Philip Xavier on June 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm
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