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The uku rouge is one of our favorite cocktails. Named for its red (rouge, in French) and floating (uku, in Japanese) elements, the cocktail is best prepared with a bright, Junmai-style sake and Cotes du Rhone red wine, though any medium-bodied red wine will work. The cocktail is visually beautiful, with deep red wine literally floating on top of the orange-hued blend of sake, sweet vermouth and orange juice.