New and interesting cocktail ideas for bachelorette parties. Great for hosting Japanese themed bachelorette party.
Sake is brewed, more like beer, and less like wine, as many may believe. The alcohol content of sake can vary from 15% to 20%, making sake quite potent. Some sake will have added alcohol, or “brewers alcohol,” which will increase the alcohol content and alter the flavor of the sake. Rice and water are the two main components of making sake; the quality of the rice and where the water comes from are important elements of the process and important elements in determining the taste and quality.
Sake is produced from various types of high quality rice. The rice is literally “polished” to remove the proteins and oils from the outer layers and only leave behind the starch. Most rice is polished where 70% of the kernel remains while the finer sakes are polished down to about 40% or even less. From there, the rice soaked, cooked, cultured, it rests, it matures and eventually it is bottled.
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Junmai: Made of rice, water, koji (cultivated mold spores). The rice is polished to 70% and it has a full, solid flavor. *Tokubetsu Junmai: means “special” Junmai it refers to more polished rice or special rice.
Honzo: Exactly same as Junmai but has added alcohol OR brewers alcohol. You can also have Tokubetsu Honzo.
Junmai Ginjo: Brewed with labor-intensive steps, fermented at colder temperatures and for longer periods of time. Light, fruity and refined flavor. Ginjo: Same as Junmai Ginjo but with added brewers alcohol
Junmai Daiginjo: Sub Class of Junmai Ginjo, highly polished, at least 50%. More precise & labor-intensive brewing process. Pinnacle of brewers art. Light, fragrant and complex. Daiginjo: is the same as Junmai Daiginjo but with added brewers alcohol.
Sparkling sake and cloudy sake are both really popular. Sparkling sake is a fun option for a champagne substitute and it can come in fruity varieties. Cloudy sake is not pasteurized, it has a different consistency than regular sake and sometimes has a tendency to taste more sweet. Both sparkling and cloudy sake are two of our absolute favorites — certainly give them a try!
This adorable, white sake set makes a perfect party favor for your bridesmaids. This set of 24, simple white sake cups are from American Bridal, use for hot or cold sake – and even tea! Hosting a formal dinner party, these would make a great addition to your table.
Simple White Sake Cup Favors (Set of 24)
Painted blue, Japanese sake set. These decorative sake cups are lovely. A delicate, traditional, Japanese flair for the contemporary classic bachelorette. Set of 24 from American Bridal is available by clicking here or on the photo itself.
Blue Bamboo Sake Cup Favors (Set of 12)
A little less traditional, but still a great way to drink cold or sparkling sake, are these stemless wine glasses from Online Bridal Store. You may also opt to have them monogrammed which is a great touch for a personalized bachelorette party gift or wedding favor gift. For more information, or to purchase, either click here or the photo below.
Stemless Wine Glasses (Set of 4)
A good compliment to this article may be a book on Tokyo and the art of drinking sake. It could also make a nice bachelorette party favor OR a great gift for the bride on her bachelorette party. Available from Random House books.
Food Sake Tokyo
Sticking with the sake theme, but taking a different direction, here is Cultured Sake Candle by Burke Decor. Another fantastic bachelorette party gift, or bachelorette party favor! Click here for more information on this product.
Cultured Sake Candle – Kobo Candles
In most major cities, you will find sake in larger liquor stores or speciality liquor shops. Otherwise, here are some wine and gourmet food purveyors to try:
For more ideas on party gifts or bachelorette party favors see our Bachelorette Party Favors Page.