Prepare for Saké Infused Drink of the Week Bliss
Que the shamisen players! We are experimenting with Saké infused Green Tea cocktails as we continue with National Iced Tea Month. Get your taste buds ready for this Drink of the week: Iced Haiku Green Tea.
There is something about writing about green tea and saké that makes me want to write a haiku.
Tea steeped with saké,
life is filled with such splendor.
Oh, sweet happiness.
All poetic writing aside, Saké and Green Tea make an extra delicious pair. Green tea has numerous health benefits and is a true artform of tea. There is such ceremony to making matcha, a powdered form of green tea, and the Japanese take it very seriously. Matcha powder is used to make everything from teas, lattes, ice creams, and even cake! If you’ve never tried green tea ice cream, I highly recommend doing so.
Saké is a Japanese rice liquor that is produced from a brewing process similar to that of beer. Saké can be infused with a variety of flavors, and is typically clear or a milky white in color [this is called Nigori saké]. Traditionally, saké is either served chilled, gently warmed, or at room temperature.
I absolutely love saké. It was the first liquor I was introduced to, an oddity coming from an Irish-Italian family I know. Nothing beats a nice hot bath and a cold glass of saké after a long day. I love saké almost as much as this animated cat.
Did you know in Japanese culture it can be considered impolite to pour your own saké? Pouring etiquette states that individuals should pour saké for others at the table. It’s an intimate way to drink, and a great way to cement a relationship! In contrast, it can lead to a lot of excessive drinking as your companions will feel the uncontrollable urge to keep your glass full. So take small sips and make it last longer.
I got a little specific with what I used to make the Iced Haiku Green Tea. As the name suggests, I used Gekkeikan’s Haiku Saké, a special saké that has subtle fruity elements. If you would like to use a Junmai-shu saké, Gekkeikan Traditional is another good pick. You have options for the green tea in this drink of the week. You can either use bagged or loose leaf green tea, or opt for using matcha – which is what I like to do. If you choose to go the matcha route I suggest using a Maeda-en brand matcha powder. I also added this ginger simple syrup to add a little sweetness to the mixture.
Be sure to check out all of our Iced Tea Cocktails throughout the month of June.
Iced Haiku Green Tea
Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:
- 2 Ounces Saké
- 6 Ounces Green Tea
- 1 Ounces Fresh Lemon Juice
- ½ Ounce Ginger Simple Syrup
- Lime Slices for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:
- Tall Glass
- Tea Kettle
- Tea Cup
- Cocktail Shaker
- Bar Spoon
Green Tea: Fill a kettle with 6 Ounces of water and bring it to a boil. Take kettle off the heat and pour water into a heat proof container with about 1 to 2 green tea bags, or the equivalent of loose tea in a tea strainer. Steep tea until the water cools down. Remove the tea bags, or strainer, and pour tea into glasses over ice [Or add iced to container]. Optional step: Chill tea in the Fridge for at least 30 minutes.
If you are using Matcha: Fill a kettle with 6 Ounces of water and bring it to a boil. While water is boiling, sift 1 to 2 tsp of matcha powder [depending on your taste] through a wire sieve, to eliminate clumps, into the bottom of a teacup. Take kettle off the heat and pour a few drops of water over the matcha powder. Mix together to form a paste with a spoon. Add more water to matcha paste slowly, and stir together. Allow tea to cool, then place the tea to chill in the fridge for a few minutes or add ice to quicken the cooling process.
Iced Haiku Green Tea: Pour green tea into a cocktail shaker with ice. Add in saké, ginger simple syrup, and lemon juice and shake well together. Strain cocktail into glass, enjoy it neat or add ice to glass if you prefer the extra chill. Garnish with lemon slices. Kampai!
1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 110 Fat (g) 0.3 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 87 Carbohydrates (g) 10.8 Dietary Fiber (g) 1.6 Total Sugars (g) 4.8 Protein (g) 0.7 Sodium (mg) 2