Sake is an integral part of Japanese cuisine in the same way as wine is to French cuisine. It’s traditionally drunk from small cups called ‘choko’ and can be served either hot or cold. It’s a popular option for cocktails and has a lower alcohol content than vodka. Asian speciality stores now stock a decent selection of sake, including sparkling sake.
Makes 2 cocktails
30ml lime juice
90ml cranberry juice
mint leaves to garnish
1 Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add all the liquid ingredients and mix well together until well chilled.
2 Serve in a cocktail/martini glass and garnish with mint leaves.
Here’s my homemade lemonade recipe with a Japanese twist with added matcha. If you don’t have matcha at home don’t worry the recipe still works without it.
200g sugar (brown or white)
200ml cold water
4 large fresh lemons
1 litre of cold water
Lemon slices (to garnish)
Heat the 200g of sugar and 200ml of water in a saucepan on medium heat until the sugar dissolves (stir to make sure the sugar is completely dissolved into the water).Then, take it off the heat and let cool.
Squeeze the juice from 4 lemons into a bowl and then pass through a sieve.
When ready to serve pour the sugar water and lemon juice into a large jug.
Add 1 litre of cold water, ice cubes and lemon slices. Use a spoon with a long handle to stir well.
Now the homemade lemonade is ready. If you want to add matcha follow point 6.
Put 1 tsp of matcha powder in a small cup and add a few tablespoons of cold water. Use a whisk to remove any lumps. Add to the lemonade and mix well.
– Taste the lemonade to check if you need to add more or less water.
– Goes really well with sake or vodka