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"Sake is difficult to work with in cocktails," says mixologist Ralph Rosenberg. "The flavor usually gets covered up." Here, gingery lemonade adds spice without overpowering the lychee-scented sake, which is called Buna no Tsuyu ("Dewdrops").
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25 ounces sake (about 750 ml), preferably junmai
10 ounces Ginger Lemonade
5 ounces Cointreau or other triple sec
10 canned lychees, drained
5 teaspoons chilled strong-brewed hibiscus tea
How to Make It
In a pitcher, combine the sake, Ginger Lemonade and Cointreau. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours. Put 1 lychee in each of 10 chilled martini glasses. Stir the sake-lemonade mixture and pour into the prepared martini glasses. Pour 1/2 teaspoon hibiscus tea on top of each drink.
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