Dry sake

Dry Sake is a type of Sake with a positive value on the Nihonshu-do (Sake Meter Value). The SMV is a comparison of the specific gravity of a sake as compared to water, where a 0 SMV is equal to 1 specific gravity. To illustrate this, a sake with a SMV of -10 has a specific gravity of 1.0070, where one at +10 has a specific gravity of .9931. 

Originally, negative numbers of SMV were equivalent to sweeter sake, but today, the 'break-even point' is +3 (i.e. anything over +3 is dry, anything lower is sweeter). The SMV ranges from -20 to +20. 

As very many high-quality sake labels are almost completely in Japanese, looking for a positive or negative number on the label can help the sake buyer understand the type of sake they're buying. 

Some popular cocktails containing Dry sake

  • Pink Cadillac — Gin, Dry sake, Pear eau de vie, Peychaud's Bitters, Absinthe, Simple syrup, Lemon juice, Lemon peel
  • Yakuza — Gin, Dry sake, Maraschino Liqueur, Absinthe, Swedish bitters, Lime juice
  • The Mojo — Bourbon, Dry sake, Averna, Cinnamon syrup, Vanilla extract, Mint
  • Durero — Dry sherry, Dry sake, Bitters, Lemon peel
  • Killing Moon — Gin, Dry sake, Solbeso, Lemon juice, Tea syrup