There are many different ways to enjoy sake; hot, highball, on the rock, or just the way it is. While everyone has their own preference that might even sound strange, we’d like to introduce you to a combination of sake that is especially unique. You might be blown away, but give it a whirl because you might end up liking it!
A Forbidden Cocktail? Sake and Shochu
The combination of that we’ll be introducing this time is said to be enjoyed by a handful of big sake drinkers. That is, sake mixed with shochu. At first, it may seem like a dangerous mixture. The aroma is enhanced, but the alcohol content increases as well, hence the reason why only big sake drinkers might enjoy it. I was shocked when I first heard about this, but I had to try it myself. Let me share my experience with you.
Mixing Sake and Shochu
I purchased cheap sake from the grocery store. Shochu is categorized under Class A and Class B, depending on its alcohol content and other characteristics. I prefer Class B from which I could choose from shochu made from sweet potatoes, buckwheat, or rice. I honestly like shochu that is made from sweet potatoes, but decided to go with rice because sake is also made from rice, seeming to be the best match with sake. I then chose a liquor glass with a stem and narrow rim. Since I knew the aroma would be enhanced, the glass shape would release the aroma while giving it a mellow taste. I then poured a one to one ratio of sake and shochu into the glass. Both the glass and drinks were stored in room temperature. Low temperatures take away the taste. It’s not because I didn’t have time to put them in the fridge, I promise (although I have to admit, my refrigerator is full…).
Trying the Drink
It’s time. I was expecting it to be good but was scared at the same time. When I lifted the glass to my lips and took a sip, I was pleasantly surprised. It’s good! I thought that the aroma of sake and shochu would clash, but there was no bad smell and it was actually sophisticated. While the alcohol content had risen, the scent of alcohol was not too pungent and it didn’t make me wince like strong alcohol usually does. I felt like it was easier to drink compared to straight sake or shochu. But after a few sips, I was starting to feel the high alcohol content making my head heavy. You definitely shouldn’t drink it too quickly.
My opinion on sake and shochu is that it is pleasantly delicious. It’s relatively easy to drink, but I wouldn’t advise those with a low alcohol tolerance to try it because the alcohol content is high.
Regardless, the taste is worth the challenge. Try it at home!