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Strawberry- infused sake

Strawberry- infused sake
Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

The best new idea in cocktails for spring -- fruit-infused sake -- is all about freshness. Take a spirit with a short (two-week) shelf life, infuse the freshest fruits in it, and the result is colorful, refreshing and downright delicious. ... Read more

Total time: 10 minutes, plus 2 to 4 days infusing time | Serves 12
  • 1 bottle (720 ml or 24 ounces) of regular (junmai) sake
  • 2 pints strawberries

Step 1Pour the sake into a glass container. Wash the strawberries. Remove the stems and cut the berries in half lengthwise or quarters if large. Add the strawberries to the sake and stir. Seal the container.

Step 2Let sit at room temperature for 2 to 4 days, tasting after the second day. Note: The fruit will lose its color, but that's OK.

Step 3To serve, refrigerate until chilled, then strain out the berries. Best served well chilled but not on ice.

Note: Adapted from Ponzu restaurant in San Francisco.

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