The Sake Primer

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit Takara in Berkeley for a tasting and educational tour.  This prompts me to write down what I have learned in this blog post. This primer, by no means, is a comprehensive expert guide about sake.  On the contrary, it is a polished study note by me, sharing on my website, in the hope you may find it to be useful as you get into sake.

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The Tipsy Muse's Cobbler

The classic cobbler format is essentially a base spirit that is sweetened by some form of syrup and adorned with seasonal fruit. The most popular one might be sherry cobbler. If you are a whisky drinker, I have found bourbon works the best to retain cobbler's fruitness and brightness. You can also innovate with fresh berry juice instead of cream de mure.

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Beet It

Here is my take on a beet infused Negroni, a moderate smoky mezcal with a bit herb and earthy notes. I want the mezcal here to shine, so I used Cappelletti Aperitivo instead of Campari to provide an undertone. I used Cocchi Americano instead of red vermouth. A touch of fennel liqueur, because beet and fennel go together!

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The Very Thought of Suze

Suze makes every drink better! While I don’t mix up many vodka drinks, inspired by a drink named Bring June Flowers on Punch that uses vodka and jasmine, I whipped up this light and bitter sipper for the late summer. Also, cucumber is just pure magic. You only need a few slices to muddle; then everyone can tell you the drink has cucumber in it!

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Fuego de Caña

Today, I am celebrating the global Fair Trade movement with Flor de Caña with this little Mai Tai riff by pairing it with banana and peanut flavor. The little marshmallow is on fire because Flor de Caña, a rum distillery is at the base of an active volcano in Nicaragua.

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The King’s Old Fashioned

My immediate inspiration for the cocktail is based on The King’s Sandwich. He is known for his love of peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich. I have done cocktails with peanut, banana or bacon, but never all together. It makes the perfect sense, Peanut Butter is nutty, salty and slightly sweet, bacon is sweet, savory and salty. What could be nuttier than this?

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Paul John Edited

Paul John is an Indian Single Malt Whisky brand from John Distilleries, which has the distillery facility in Goa, a warm and tropical area in India. The whisky is double distilled in India made pot stills, but peat is sourced from Scotland as India is not the ideal place to find peat. The distillery in Goa has several barrel rooms, including one that is underground to avoid too much humidity. The warm temperature, perhaps that brings a bit more fruiter notes to the profiles as well.

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