Cape Samurai Cocktail

Cape North Vodka's Cape Samurai Cocktail

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
271 Calories
1g Fat
38g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 271
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 118mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Protein 3g
Calcium 55mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Wasabi is a fun cocktail ingredient and the cape samurai is an interesting vodka martini that puts it to good use. It's a spicy little drink that has some wonderful Japanese influence, which makes it a perfect pairing for a sushi dinner.

This recipe is an ideal choice when you're in the mood for a culinary cocktail with a kick. It was created by Li Ya Nan of the Mango Tree, a fascinating Thai restaurant in London. To make it, you'll pair your favorite premium vodka (the cleaner and smoother, the better) with the heat of green wasabi, the spice of pickled ginger, and the floral sweetness of rose syrup. It's an intriguing taste that comes together spectacularly, offering an adventurous cocktail that you won't forget anytime soon.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker, place the ginger and wasabi. Muddle well to mix the two ingredients.

  3. Add the vodka, lime juice, and rose syrup. Fill the shaker with ice.

  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  5. Serve and enjoy!


  • Pickled ginger is typically served with Japanese sushi, so it's a natural companion for wasabi. You should be able to find it at international food markets and that section of major grocers. It may also be called gari.
  • It's surprisingly quick and easy to make pickled ginger at home. You will simply need fresh ginger, salt, rice vinegar, and sugar. It takes just about 30 minutes.
  • For the rose simple syrup, you can either find it at the store (though online is likely easier) from companies like Amoretti, Monin, and Torani. Alternatively, you can make that ingredient as well; homemade rose syrup requires sugar, water, and rose water.

Recipe Variations

  • Use fresh ginger if you don't want to go through the pickling process.
  • Switch from vodka to sake as the base for this cocktail.
  • While you're exploring the potential of wasabi in cocktails, try the clean, simple taste of a wasabi martini or cool things down with a cucumber wasabi martini.
  • As an alternative to the ginger, turn this into a spicy avocado martini. Wasabi and avocado are an excellent pairing, so put a few cubes of avocado into the shaker and muddle it with the wasabi. In this instance, switch from rose to plain simple syrup.

How Strong Is a Cape Samurai?

Like most martini-style drinks, the cape samurai is not a light drink. Even though vodka is the only liquor, it still mixes up to 20 percent ABV (40 proof). That's typical and equivalent to the cosmopolitan.