- Step 1: Warm tokkuri flask Warm the tokkuri flask in the warm water bath.
- Step 2: Bring the sake to room temperature Allow the sake to come to room temperature if it has been refrigerated. Pour it into the warmed tokkuri flask.
- Step 3: Prepare to heat the flask Place the tokkuri flask in a saucepan of hot water.
- Step 4: Heat the flask Heat the flask to between 100 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, or just above body temperature. Measure the temperature with a food thermometer to be exact.
- TIP: A thermometer called an O-kan meter is designed to fit into a sake flask without sinking all the way into it.
- Step 5: Serve the sake Pour the sake into small cups, called ochoko or guinomi, when serving. Hold the flask with both hands when pouring.
- FACT: In Japan, freshly pressed sake is traditionally consumed in winter. In Japan, freshly pressed sake is traditionally consumed in winter.
You Will Need
- A tokkuri flask
- A warm water bath for the flask
- A saucepan of hot water
- A food thermometer
- Small cups
- An O-kan meter (optional)