Oh how we’ve learned to appreciate this Japanese Liquid Love whereas before you couldn’t get most of us to walk into a Sushi restaurant. As soon as the fad hit the masses we all found ourselves at our local Japanese Happy hour spots with friends and/or co-workers. Once I started attending these Happy Hour locations I started looking more and more into Sake: it’s development and health benefits. I immediately fell in love!
Served hot or cold from a larger pour pitcher Sake is poured into 2inch cups for drinking. Pronounced (SA-keh) this refreshingly sweet with a grassy blend as a Sauvignon Blanc it’s a great complement to poultry and specifically, seafood. Others who aren’t trying to pair it with food but rather enjoy it all the same use it in a Sake Bombs where people drop a Sake shot into a pint glass of beer and chug!
Japanese Sake contains many components, including but not limited to amino acids. Amino acids have many beneficial attributes for health because they activate brain function and strengthen the immune system. Amino acids are also know to help prevent cancers’ as well.
The way it takes a varietal kind of grape to produce a tasty wine, making exquisite Sake requires the use of a special type of rice. The secret is to have a variety boasting a high starch content in the core of each grain. That way the rice will stay whole and solid longer during the brewing process, enabling excess oil and protein to be exhausted. From 14% to 20%, Sake has the highest percentage of alcohol of any fermented beverage (yes that’s including wine and beer).
Now that you know the features and benefits you can find Sake at your local grocery stores in the Asian or International aisle (Ralph’s & VONS). serve it up yourself, with guests, with dinner, with whatever and remember: Please drink responsibly!