Sake

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Sake is a wonderful Japanese wine made from rice. I usually enjoy it by itself—sometimes warm, sometimes cold. We have our very own Texas Sake Company right here in Austin. Check them out!

Sake can be used instead of vodka in order to lower the alcohol content in a lot of recipes. While there are lots of sake cocktail recipes out there, be careful! Sake doesn’t like to mix with other alcohols. She gets jealous and lets you have it the next morning. If you are going to mix your sake, fresh juices, bitters and (if you must) lighter craft beers are the way to go.

Sake Shandy

1/3 cup

fresh chilled lemonade

1/4 cup

chilled dry sake

3 ripe cherries cut into chunks

small piece of fresh ginger

cold beer (Kirin)

Put cherry chunks and sake in the bottom of a tall chilled glass and place it in the freezer for about 5 or 10 minutes. Then add the lemonade with a few pieces of grated ginger and pour the cold beer over the top, preferably with a nice frothy head of foam.

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