日本酒を語る

Talk about sake

2021.07.02

How to drink

Enjoy Cold Sake

In hot season, why not cool off with cold sake?
The easiest way is sake with ice, so-called sake on the rocks. Most sakes are matched to this style of drinking, but above all, namazake, freshly pressed sake with an appealing taste and aroma, is best. To make sake with soda by mixing them at a ratio of 1:1, rich flavor sake just like undiluted sake is recommended. If you mix sake with juice or add some fruits, it can be hospitality drink. It is forbidden to mix alcoholic beverages with any substances other than water to make drinks with an alcohol content of 20% or less, but this is exceptionally allowed if they are mixed immediately before drinking.
Recently, mizore sake (sleet sake or frozen sake in a sherbet foam) has become popular and sake exclusively for making mizore sake is also sold. All you have to do is just chill sake in a freezer for 90 minutes. The temperature of a freezer in the domestic refrigerator is generally set around -20°C to -18°C. Sake has roughly 15% alcohol by volume, so normally it freezes around -7°C. However, a freezer in the domestic refrigerator slowly freezes sake and makes it maintain its liquid state even at the temperature drops below -7°C, so when sake in this state is poured into a sake glass, the impact of hitting the glass causes sake to turn to sleet. The important thing is that you have to transfer sake from a glass bottle to a plastic bottle and fill it up to 70% to 80% because the glass bottle may expand and burst when chilled. Cool the sake glass, too. You can also try sake especially made to be poured over ice cream. Enjoy various styles of cold sake and find your favorite ones.