Try the Buddha's Secret Cocktail, an Asian Twist on a Martini

What is Buddha’s Secret to a long and happy life? Perhaps it’s a delicious cocktail—like this Asian twist on a martini—made with sake and ginger for a sweet exotic blend of flavors. It’s my latest concoction inspired by my Effortless Table line. (Try all of my delicious cocktail musings: Spring Fever, Lucky in Love, and Birds & Bees?) Drink in Good Health.

Clinton Kelly Buddha's Secret Cocktail

Buddha’s Secret Cocktail

  • 3 oz sake
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz ginger simple syrup (1 part crystallized ginger to 1 part water, boiled & strained)
  • grystallized ginger, to garnish

Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice; shake vigorously until well chilled. Strain into chilled martini glass and serve.


Nine years ago, I made a vow to live my life based on three guiding principles: Love, Awe and Gratitude. Today, instead of feeling sad, angry or anxious about The Chew’s cancellation, I will look through the lens of Gratitude and thank: My cohosts, @chefsymon and @carlaphall, for being two of the greatest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. The crew and staff of The Chew for being so dedicated, hardworking and collaborative. Our viewers for allowing us into your homes each day to share a laugh and a recipe — and a cocktail. It’s been a fun run and I am so freakin’ lucky to have been a part of it. Much love, CK ❤️

This photo was taken the day my mom brought me back to the US from Panama, where I was born. She had jet-black hair and a tan, whereas I was basically translucent, with white hair and big blue eyes. Security guards stopped her in the airport because they thought she was smuggling someone else’s baby out of the country. So, I guess it’s time for everyone to come clean. I was indeed stolen. I am actually a Norwegian prince. Where’s my 👑, Terri?!?! Where. Is. My. #%^*ing. 👑?!? 🤪 Happy Mother’s Day!!! I love you. Sorry I’m so weird. ❤️

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