Are you enjoying your sake? Japanese sake can be consumed cold, warm, as highballs, and on the rocks. While there are many variations, do you ever think about wanting to try something different? Now that we’ve got your interest, we’ll introduce you to a unique way of drinking sake!
Sake and Earl Grey Tea
The first combination we’ll be introducing is Earl Grey tea and sake. The ratio should be 1 to 1. Although you may be taken aback at the thought of mixing these two drinks, trust us that you’ll be pleasantly surprised. We recommend mixing cold or room temperature sake with cold earl grey tea. Bottled tea will make the process even easier. There are also other combinations of sake and tea that work well, like adding in white peach ice cream. It is delicious especially when the ice cream has melted entirely. The thick consistency and tastiness that spreads throughout your body when you drink it is out of this world. The ice cream will make the drink cold, so it’s the perfect refreshing drink for the summer.
Sake and Menstuyu (Noodle Soup)
Mentsuyu is a kitchen staple in Japan. It’s soup broth used when cooking udon, soba, and somen. The saltiness and umami make it an excellent match with sake, even though it might not seem so. It should be made with a 1 to 9 mentsuyu sake ratio and poured into a glass full of ice. It’s really simple and the flavor will hit the spot.
Mentsuyu can be found almost anywhere in Japan, but it may be hard to find abroad. Therefore, we’d like to give you an easy mentsuyu recipe. Some recipes also require hard-to-find ingredients like sake, sake for cooking, and mirin (sweet sake), but we left those out because you can most likely find menstuyu if your shop sells those!
Soy sauce – 3 Tablespoons
Sugar – 1.5 Tablespoons
Salt – A Dash
Boiled Water – 100 ccs (100 ml)
Bonito Soup Stock – 1 Teaspoon
All you have to do is mix the ingredients above and that’s it. Add water when you want to use it for cooking.
You may not have even thought that tea and mentsuyu would go well with sake before reading this. We guarantee that both are delicious. In fact, different combinations of tea pair perfectly with sake, so give it a try.