Courgette Sake Martini


I had a couple of sad looking courgettes at the bottom of the fridge and just a wee bit of Sumi sake from Kanpai left over from last night. Cocktail time! Sumi is clear and off-dry with tropical fruit flavours and a hint of caramelised nuts. Its fragrant, fruity taste pairs really well with courgette water becoming almost applely, and a splash of fresh lemon juice gives it a zip and zing.

By the way, keep the grated courgettes to make delicious grated courgette patties.


  • 60ml sake

  • 60ml courgette water

  • 1tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 2tbs simple syrup


1. Wash and grate 2 courgettes. This should yield enough liquid for 1 drink. Place the grated courgettes in a cheese cloth and squeeze the liquid into a small jug.

2. Put some ice in a shaker. Add the courgette water, sake, lemon juice and syrup.

3. Shake vigorously to combine, until the shaker is painfully cold to hold.

4. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a chilled martini glass.