Sake

A bottle of sake, a Japanese fermented rice wine

Sake is a rich, piquant “wine” made from rice. We say wine, but the process of fermenting the rice makes it more like beer to our minds. Sake comes in two main groups: Futsū-shu (table sake – avoid it) and Tokutei meishō-shu (everything better than Futsū-shu). In the latter quality there are even more special designations but rather than go into each one here, we’ll share our rule of thumb: if you like drinking it straight, you’ll probably like it in a cocktail.

Also Known As

  • Junmai-shu
  • Honjozo-shu
  • Ginjo-shu
  • Daiginjo-shu
  • Nama-zake
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