Sake Bomb – Iconic Sushi Cocktail

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The Sake Bomb Chant

Ichi, ni, san! Then boom you pound your fists on the table causing the shot glass to slip between the chop sticks and fall into the drink. Alcohol splashes everywhere, you then chug it, and everyone has a good time. Ichi, ni, san is Japanese for 1, 2, 3. Many popular theories has this cocktail invented during the American occupation of Japan after WWII but I don’t buy that. That story just seems too neat and convenient to me. I’m just guessing (so I’m most likely wrong) but I get the feeling this was a gimmick drink at a sushi restaurant in the late 1970s/early 80s. Some bullshit story about it being invented during WWII was told to make it sound cool and bars pushing this drink sold more high markup alcohol. I can’t prove that or have any evidence to back that up but that seems more plausible to me give the type of drink this is.

What Does a Sake Bomb Taste Like

The sake bomb is actually pretty good. I’m personally not the biggest fan of sake, but I find it mixes well with beer. Usually the drink is chugged so you never really get a chance to actually taste the drink but the fruit and grain flavors of the sake are subtle enough to enhance the beer’s existing flavor without changing it too much. I rarely buy sake, but when I do, I mix it with beer.

Best Beer To For A Sake Bomb

Typically a Japanese beer is used like Sapporo, Asahi, or Kirin. Those three beers are all lagers so lager style beer is what you want to try and stick with. In fact almost all beer in Japan is a lager, only a few like Hitachino Nest are ale style beers. So try and stick with one of those 3 if you can. Asahi super dry is my favorite of the 3 but at the end of the day, the best beer to use is the one you like.


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Sake Bomb – Iconic Sushi Cocktail

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Learn how to make a Sake Bomb.


  • 6 oz Lager Beer

  • 1.5 oz Sake


  • Pour half a 12 oz bottle of beer into a pint glass
  • Separately pour a shot of sake into a shot glass.
  • Place 2 chopsticks on top of the pint glass the width of the shot glass.
  • Place the shot glass on top so it is supported by the chopsticks


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