Sake: The world’s purest alcoholic beverage
With International Sake Day approaching on October 1, what better time to enjoy the oldest and purest spirit on the planet. Sake was first produced in China in 4800BC. It was further developed in Japan and is known as the Drink of the Gods.
TY KU Asian Wine & Spirits has created an easy 1-2-3 on how to host a sake party at home with friends or transform your favorite bar into a sake house. Below are facts that will demystify concerns with sake and insider tips on how to present sake and serve to guests.
Fact vs. Fiction
The following are the main misconceptions concerning sake
- False: Sake needs to be heated
- True: In fact premium sake should be served cold. Low-quality sake is heated to mask impurities
- False: It is a rice wine
- True: Sake is brewed like a beer, yet has legs like a wine
- False: Sake should be sipped in traditional sake cups
- True: Traditionally, sake is enjoyed in stemmed wine glasses
- False: Sake is only consumed in Asian restaurants
- True: Sake complements any cuisine due to its mixability.
Sake contains NO sulfites or tannins. It is gluten free, as well as additive and preservative free. It is the purest alcoholic beverage in the world.
Rituals and Traditions
- Sake is meant to be enjoyed with friends and family. Tradition holds that a person must never pour their own sake
- Sake is served both cold and hot. Premium sake is generally served cold in wine glasses, while in Japan, less desirable sake is served hot to mask unfavorable flavors.
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