I’ll be honest and say that I know next to nothing about sake. I know that it’s a Japanese rice wine and that it’s served either hot or cold. Beyond this, I’ve had it on only few occasions. My most notable, albeit very brief, encounter with it was in the form of sake bombs. Yes, that’s when you drop a shot glass of sake into a glass of beer and guzzle it down…and then have another. Am I revealing too much here?
I was in my mid-twenties then, working hard and in the company of fun friends. It was justified, right? Besides, I didn’t start drinking socially until I was twenty-four; I had some catching up to do, maybe. But being the featherweight drinker that I am, I couldn’t really get into the binge drinking habit–not even if I wanted to. My alcohol intolerance, or allergy, has seen to that. I’m the girl who gets flushed (and gets a nasal congestion) after a half glass of wine. The good: My body naturally limits my alcohol consumption. The bad: It’s quite embarrassing to walk out of a restaurant with a beet-red face looking like I’ve had two bottles of wine when in fact I’ve only had one or two glasses.
Back to the sake. I’ve been experimenting with a bottle that was gifted to us sometime ago. I found several cocktails featuring rice wine mixed with a variety of liqueurs and fruit juices. I decided to improvise with what I had on hand and came up with this concoction. Instead of the liqueur, I used a combination of sake, sorbet, frozen mixed berries, and fresh lemon and lime juice. It wasn’t bad; quite refreshing, actually. The raspberry sorbet I had was a little too sweet for my taste so I had to balance it out with a generous squeeze of lemon and lime juice. Overall, I would do this again, but I’ll have to tweak it a little more until I get it just right.
Sake and Raspberry Sorbet Cocktail
- 1 part raspberry sorbet (or your flavor of choice)
- 2 parts cold sake
- 1 part frozen mixed berries (or any frozen fruit that will complement your sorbet)
- Lemon juice or lime juice, optional
- Fresh fruit, mint or lemon/lime zest for garnish
Use these proportions just as a guide. I don’t like overly sweet cocktails so I found myself needing the citrus to balance the flavors out. Otherwise, combine all ingredients, blend until smooth and serve immediately.