- 1 knob fresh ginger
- 1 to 2 fresh mint sprigs
- Ice cubes as needed
- 1 jigger (1 1/2 fl. oz.) vodka
- 1/2 pony (1 Tbs.) sake
- 1/2 tsp. simple syrup (see related recipe at left)
- Lime wedge
- Candied ginger strips for garnish
Chill a martini glass in the freezer. Chop the mint finely and measure out 1/2 tsp. Fill a cocktail shaker three-fourths full with ice. Add the vodka, sake, simple syrup, grated ginger and chopped mint. Cover with the lid and shake vigorously for 10 to 20 seconds, then strain into the prepared glass. Squeeze the lime wedge into the cocktail, discarding the lime. Garnish with candied ginger. Serves 1.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Bride & Groom Entertaining, by Brigit Binns (Gold Street Press, 2007).