Sake’s gentle flavors are a natural match for apple and pear, and nowhere is that better-expressed than in the Yuki Ringo, an autumnal sour served at the Azumi restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore.
The star of the show is creamy, cloudy nigori sake, a type of sake left mostly-unfiltered, with snow-white unfermented rice particles offering a smoother taste and a rich, velvety body. For the pear liqueur, Azumi uses St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur – but any pear liqueur you like will be delicious, so long as it’s on the sweet side.
- 1½ parts Nigori sake
- ½ part Pear liqueur
- ½ part Apple juice
- ½ part Pear juice
- ½ part Cinnamon syrup
- ¼ part Lemon juice
Shake all ingredients with ice, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a thin slice of fresh apple and a dusting of grated cinnamon.
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- Drink recipe: Azumi’s Yuki Ringo sake cocktail from The Baltimore Sun