OK Everyone... If you are having a backyard barbecue or summertime get together, this is the Ultimate Summer Cocktail that is sure to be a crowd pleaser! Sparkling Summertime Sake Sangria is going to make you the hostess with the mostest!
Use Any Fruit For Your Sparkling Summertime Sake Sangria
In this recipe I use a combination of nectarines and plums, but feel free to use any fruit for your Sake Sangria. I love to make this with any of these favorites, just make sure they're ripe:
Yes, You Can Even Use Frozen Fruit
Of course this recipe is best with fresh, ripe fruit. That is what gives that ultimate taste of summer. However, recipes are made to be tweeked, and sometimes we're just looking for that fast fix. For this reason, you can even use frozen fruit for this recipe. If using frozen fruit I stick to berries, peaches, or mango. Otherwise, follow the recipe in exactly the same way.
The Perfect Backyard Party
Planning a party? Not only is this the ultimate summer cocktail, but Sparkling Sake Sangria goes with so many of my favorite recipes. Check out some of these recipes for perfect accompaniments:
- Vegan Tomato Tart with Feta and Cornmeal Crust
- Fresh Corn and Basil Fritters
- Southern Country Fried Tofu
- Creole Dirty Rice- Vegan Style
How To Shop For Sake
It's hard to breakdown the complexities of sake in a quick paragraph, but this is a quick guide to help you navigate the labels and find a good sake for the price.
Junmai or Not
Some sake add's brewer's alcohol to speed the process. If the label has the word "Junmai", then it does not contain any brewer's alcohol, and is usually handmade in more traditional methods. I always choose Junmai sake.
The amount of rice polishing before making into sake will determine the ultimate quality of the sake (and also the price!). If you see the word "Ginjo" it means it has 60% polishing ratio. "Daiginjo" means 50% polishing ratio. If you are looking for a quality sake that uses no brewer's alcohol, then you will see the words: Junmai, Junmai Ginjo, or Junmai Daiginjo. Junmai Daiginjo is the highest quality and is usually handmade in more traditional methods. Buy this one to drink, but the quality is not necessary for this Sake Sangria. You will be fine with any Junmai sake and it will cost you anywhere between $14-20 for a 750ml bottle.
For more notes on the flavor of sake, this link breaks down the nuances in more detail.
Sparkling Summertime Sake Sangria
- 6 Ripe Plums
- 4 Ripe Nectarines
- ½ cup Sugar
- 1 Bottle 750ml Junmai Sake
- 2 cans 12 fl oz Sparkling Water
- Wash all the fruit and cut into ½-inch cubes. Place in a mixing bowl.
- Add the sugar to the fruit and stir until all of the fruit it coated in the sugar.
- Transfer the sugared fruit into a large gallon jug or container.
- Pour the bottle of sake into the sugared fruit and stir gently.
- Cover the jug with plastic wrap and let sit for at least 3 hours, (or overnight for best results) at room temperature.
- When ready to serve, fill a pitcher halfway with ice.
- Pour in the sake/fruit mix over the ice and stir.
- If serving immediately, add the sparkling water and pour into glasses. Alternately, you can pour glass by glass and top off with sparkling water in each glass.