How to Heat and Serve Sake

Sake is traditionally served warm in Japan. The rice wine's taste varies subtly with temperature.

Instructions

  • 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

  • Sake
  • 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)

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