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Jan 29, 2013 02:52 PM

Cocktails with sushi?--no sake, please

I'm making sushi this weekend for a couple friends. I'd like to offer a nice cocktail, but I don't love sake. Any ideas? I'll have beer available, but since it's a birthday celebration, I'd like something a little special, too.

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  1. I like a straight vodka martini with sushi. Very, very cold.

    I think a moscow mule might be a nice compliment to sushi, as well. Lime, vodka, ginger beer over ice.

    1. I agree with @pagesinthesun - Vodka is the way to go. Typically, I'll go with just a martini.

      1. Scotch, or even better, Japanese Whiskey. It's a bit counterintuitive, but fresh sea flavor of sushi goes well with malt whiskey. A (gin) Martini would work well too -- perhaps a twist rather than an olive.

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        1. I don't know if you were looking for a more traditional cocktail or something different. I love the lychee drinks they serve in my neck of the woods--for starters, the drunken concubine: lychee with citrus vodka. But the sky's the limit if you like lychee. Lots of tasty ways to tipsy up!

          1. How about wine? As a pairing with the sushi, it's going to taste better than almost any cocktail...

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              1. re: zin1953

                Spatlese Rieslings pair very well with either sashimi or sushi...