Sake Bomb – Recipe

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Sake Bomb

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American






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Learn how to make a Sake Bomb.


  • 8 oz 8 Lager Beer

  • 1.5 oz 1.5 Sake


  • Technique: Bomb Shot
  • 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 the chopsticks support it.


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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 chopsticks 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 have this cocktail was invented during the American occupation of Japan after WWII, but I don’t buy that. That story seems too neat and convenient to me. I’m guessing (so I’m most likely wrong), but I feel 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 fantastic, 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 given the type of drink this is.

What Does a Sake Bomb Taste Like?

The sake bomb is 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 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 I mix it with beer when I do.

What Is The 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. 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 three if you can. Asahi super dry is my favorite of the three, but the best beer to use is the one you like at the end of the day.

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