How To Enjoy Japanese Sake - Part I
How to Enjoy Japanese Sake - ” Part IThe Japanese drink, Sake, has become quite popular in the United States over the past several years becoming one of the staple drinks of many Americans. My husband and I began promoting Sake in the United States by publishing a book called Sake Water from Heaven by Rizzoli Universe back in 2003. Since the book, we created a one of a kind educational organization called RKA Sake Club (www.rka-sakeclub.com), a sake of the month organization which sends premium sake from microbreweries in Japan.
Perhaps you can show off to your friends one night while dining at a place where they serve Japanese sake.
Today, I wanted to share my knowledge of sake with you. Here is a crash course on how to enjoy Japanese sake. Perhaps you can show off to your friends one night while dining at a place where they serve Japanese sake.
- Sake is a beverage which you can enjoy drinking either hot or cold. In winter, it´s nice to drink at warmer temperature in order to warm up your body. In summer, nothing can compare to ice cold sake. Currently, in Japan, there is a trend of drinking sake at room temperature.
- Sake is classified into four general categories; fragrant, light & smooth, rich and aged. For example, rich sake is good to pair with entrÃ©e dishes, as you won´t get overwhelmed as you continue to drink it. Fragrant types are better served with an appetizer dish as it is overwhelming to continue to drink a fragrant type of sake all night.
- Sake can be served in glassware or a traditional lacquer ware. Sometimes I drink sake in a wine glass. The thin layer of the glass is perfect to taste sake. I personally like to drink sake without the wooden masu cup, as I enjoy the pure taste.
- Since sake presents a wide variety of flavors and can be served in various ways, there are many ways to enjoy it. As I mentioned in the beginning, you can enjoy sake drinking based on the temperature favored for the season. Also, sake can be used for a base of cocktails. You will be amazed how good it tastes... I personally like sake with fresh limejuice. It´s very refreshing!
- Sake can be paired with cuisines from all over the world, regardless of the foods or cooking styles! I love matching sake with French cuisine. Chanterelle is my favorite French restaurant and sommelier in New York City. Roger matches the right sake for me with my cuisine.
- When you pair sake with food, it brings out the flavor in foods. You can have a stronger aroma of beef and seafood when paired with sake. Sake is also used in many Japanese and Western cooking as a seasoning.