Minted Sake and Pineapple Cooler

Minted Sake and Pineapple Cooler Randy Mayor


  • 1 1/2 cups loosely packed mint leaves (about 1 ounce)
  • 1 cup sake
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 (6-ounce) cans pineapple juice, divided
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • Pineapple slices (optional)


Combine mint, sake, and sugar in a blender; process for 2 minutes or until mint is very finely chopped. Strain sake mixture through a fine sieve over a bowl; discard solids. Stir in 2 cans pineapple juice and lime juice. Cover and chill.

Pour the remaining 1 can pineapple juice into a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Lay the bag flat in the freezer; freeze 1 hour or until frozen. Combine the sake mixture and frozen pineapple juice in a blender; process 1 minute or until thoroughly combined. Pour about 3/4 cup pineapple mixture into each of 5 glasses, and let stand 1 minute before serving. Garnish with pineapple slices, if desired.

    This cocktail is a nice way to introduce sake to novices and a new way for seasoned sake lovers to enjoy the rice wine. Let the finished drink stand for a minute before serving, and it will separate into a beautiful deep green drink topped with sea-green froth. Pouring the pineapple juice into a zip-top bag helps it freeze quickly because it's in a thin layer.
  • Yield: 5 servings

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 160
Caloriesfromfat per serving: 1%
Fat per serving: 0.2g
Saturated fat per serving: 0.0g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 0.0g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 0.1g
Protein per serving: 0.8g
Carbohydrate per serving: 26.8g
Fiber per serving: 0.3g
Cholesterol per serving: 0.0mg
Iron per serving: 0.6mg
Sodium per serving: 3mg
Calcium per serving: 28mg

Good to Know

Try this recipe for a non-traditional alcoholic mixed drink. It's low in fat and in carbohydrates. Adding pineapple slices is a sneaky way to get a serving of fruit.