The warmer weather means it’s time to take the party outside! From the grill to the pool to the park, everyone is starting to pour out into the sunshine. And with every party, barbecue or hang out, you need a party drink. And boy, do I have THE drink for you.
I featured this drink on my guest blog post at Just One Cookbook. Nami is the voice behind this beautiful blog where she features her fabulous Japanese recipes. You will drool over her pictures and you will learn everything you need to know about Japanese cooking.
The other night, the hubby and I were watching “Modern Marvels,” the hubby’s favorite show. They were talking about rice, everything you never knew about rice: how it’s grown, how it’s evolved and the 101+ apparent uses of rice that goes beyond food!
And of course, I learned everything sake. Sake is made from fermented rice. The brewing process is similar to beer more than wine, and it is a colorless beverage. Sake is not for the faint at heart, with an alcoholic content of about 15%-18%, compared to beer which is significantly less. I also learned that sake in Japanese refers to any alcoholic drink, but here in U.S. we like to simplify things!
Sake dates back centuries where the monks began brewing sake for religious ceremonies. And now, you can find hundreds of different varieties of sake, of different qualities and prices, from $6 and up to $400 a bottle, priced here in the U.S.
So with all of this talk of Sake, you’d think I’m an expert or drink a lot. Honestly, the first time I drank sake was with my husband at a sushi restaurant. I wanted to impress my then-boyfriend and smiled as I drank the warm liquid and let it burn down my throat. Mmmmm! No, not really. I am a light-weight when it comes to alcoholic drinks. I don’t do beer and don’t care for wine. Most of the time I prefer Margaritas, Mai Tai’s and the sort – girly drinks. All alcohol puts me to sleep, so I keep to my 1-drink limit. Yes, I’m a cheap date.
Which brings me to my next favorite drink and I’m proud to say, NOT a girly drink: The Sake Mojito! (click here for the recipe)
You begin like you do with a regular mojito, crushing fresh mint leaves with chopped up lime and a bit of sugar. Mix in your sake. Do your dance while you shake and strain the liquid into your glass. Then top it with a splash of club soda and cheers!
This drink goes down like lemonade. The sugar and club soda helps the sake go down nice and smooth, which can be deceiving, so beware! It can go straight to your head pretty quickly!
And if you are making this for a party and don’t want to be crushing mint & lime all night, drink by drink, the hubby came up with a great solution. Put the sake and mint combo in the blender and pulse until coarsely chopped. Strain and pour into each glass, topping each with club soda.
So, raise your glass and kanpai!