Saké Cocktail Masterclass Celebrates Warm Summer Nights

thumbnail_img_3205COCOM hosted a group of Brisbane media at Saké Restaurant and Bar on Eagle Street Pier to celebrate summer with a cocktail masterclass. An exclusive group of Brisbane media and foodies were treated to Saké’s finest canapes matched with Sake’s signature cocktails perfect for the warm summer nights. Saké’s Head Barman Steve Fanning, showed off some of his impressive flare bartending skills and taught guests the how-to of three different cocktails as the sun set behind Saké’s luminous blossom tree. Under Steve’s guidance everyone mixed, shook and stirred their own Saint Tropez, Yuzu Sour and Lolita Fashion throughout the night. Made from yuzu sake, Tanqueray gin, lemon and vanilla, the Saint Tropez was a zesty affair, a delicate balance of flavours finished off nicely with a hint of sweet basil. Paired with a platter of skillfully prepared fresh sashimi, it was the perfect cocktail to kick-off the night. Next, everyone headed to bustling Tokyo with Steve demonstrating how to shake up a Yuzu Sour. Saké’s own recipe of Japanese Choyo Kokuto Umeshu, egg white and Yuzu Sour is a fresh take on a classic and matched perfectly with the chicken and pork belly skewers being cooked to smokey perfection on the Japanese Binchotan (robata) charcoal grill. The evening ended on a high note with the Lolita Fashion, a little bit of after-dinner whisky decadence mixed with umeshu and orange bitters and served with a chilled Nashi tart – a stunning way to finish. Saké’s cocktail masterclass was a perfect evening, delicately balanced cocktails and delicious canapes worked together to create a contemporary taste of modern Japan