This Saké Sangria is a deliciously refreshing blend of fruits and herbs that is perfect for summer sipping.

Epic Saké Sangria for Summer

Nothing beats the heat like a little [Saké] Sangria!

Sangria isn’t just for wine lovers anymore! This Saké Sangria is a deliciously refreshing blend of fruits and herbs that is perfect for summer sipping.

Nothing beats the heat like a little [Saké] Sangria!

The concept of sangria has always been just outside of my reach, as I just so happen to be allergic to wine. I know that must sound tragic to some of you, but I have a delicious alternative to wine without the extreme headache: Saké.

If you’ve never tried Saké before here’s a quick crash course in the different types of saké.

Saké, contrary to popular belief, is not rice wine. It’s actually brewed like beer, and even has a higher alcohol content than both beer and wine! But much like wine, saké makes for a great base for sangria.

Nigori saké, unfiltered saké that is “cloudy” or “milky” in appearance, is a popular choice for saké based cocktails and sangrias. Hakutsuru Sayuri Nigori Saké is one of my favorites for its creamy sweetness and mild floral notes.

The combination of this mildly sweet saké and pear juice is delicate and delicious, and may not require much extra sweetener, which is why this recipe gives you the option to add simple syrup or not.

This is how you make our Summer Saké Sangria!

 

Saké Sangria

Yields: 6 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Bottle Hakutsuru Sayuri Nigori Saké
  • 4 Ounces Sparkling Water
  • 2 Ounces Pear Juice
  • ½ Teaspoon Simple Syrup [Optional]
  • 1 Pear [Sliced]
  • 1 Grapefruit [Sliced]
  • 5 Sprigs Rosemary
  • Grapefruit Section for Garnish
  • Sprig of Rosemary for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Stemless Wine Glasses
  • Pitcher
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Saké Sangria: Add saké and pear juice to a pitcher with ice. Drop in the mixture of rosemary, sliced pear and grapefruit, and stir together. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Remove from fridge, and top with sparkling water. Stir to combine and let stand. Pour into a stemless wine glass over a couple of ice cubes. Garnish with grapefruit section and sprig of rosemary. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 120 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 12 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 8 Protein (g) 0.5 Sodium (mg) 10

This Saké Sangria is a deliciously refereshing blend of fruits and herbs that is perfect for summer sipping.

 
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Iced Haiku Green Tea

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.

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.

Green Tea and Sake Cocktail - Love Sake

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

 

Preparation

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!

 

Nutritional Content

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

 

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