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.
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!
Yields: 6 Serving
- 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
- Stemless Wine Glasses
- Bar Spoon
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!
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