Benihana is known for its distinct specialty cocktails, blending quality ingredients to create refreshing concoctions that guests crave. We’re often asked by guests how they can re-create their own spins on their favorite Benihana drinks at home. In addition to premium liquors and fresh ingredients, it is essential to have the right tools for mixing the perfect cocktail

1. Jigger At Benihana, our cocktails are a combination of various ingredients, so it’s important to measure each ingredient correctly to achieve the desired taste. A jigger helps measure each ingredient accurately.

2. Muddler 

A muddler looks like a pestle and typically comes in wood. It’s used to mash or “muddle” ingredients like herbs, spices and fruit to release their flavors.

3. Shaker 

Blending ingredients properly also ensures a cocktail will come out the way it’s meant to. At Benihana, we shake and strain with pint glasses, but it’s best for those new to the art of mixology to use a cocktail shaker.

4. Strainer 

After mixing your cocktail, you’ll need to strain it from your shaker. The strainer prevents ice and other solid ingredients, such as herbs or fruit used to infuse certain flavors, from ending up in your final product.

5. The Right Glassware

Finally, you’ll want to serve your cocktail in the right glass. While there are a variety of glasses to serve cocktails, there are three basics you should have on hand: lowball glasses, highball glasses and stem glasses. With these three types of glasses, you can serve a number of specialty cocktails.

With these beginner tools, you’ll be ready to start crafting your own signature drinks in no time. Or try crafting one of Benihana’s specialties, the 1964 Saketini, with the recipe below.

Benihana 1964 Saketini

 Ingredients

  • 2 ½ oz. Grey Goose vodka
  • 1 oz. Benihana sake
  • 4 fresh cucumber slices
  • Splash of Benihana plum wine

Garnishes

  • 1 fresh cucumber slice

Method

  • Add vodka, sake, cucumber slices and plum wine to a mixing glass.
  • Add ice and shake for 10 seconds.
  • Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  • Garnish with cucumber slice.