It's freaking cold outside I just got home from the gym and I need to warm my body and my spirits. What does that mean? it's Sake time. I'm know no snob. When I was small child my pops use to drink warm while having sushi. That was how I was introduced to it and I still enjoy it warm to this day but most commonly drink at room temp. When I went to Japan in 2006 I started drinking it cold. I found myself walking the streets of Tokyo buying 1 cup servings at the the local AM/Pm's (yes AM/PM's). Drinking in public was not illegal just not something the locals do. I wasn't going to pass this opportunity up
Splurging on a big bottle while in Japan my friend behind me is splurging on imaginary Sake.
I enjoy my Rice Beer (Sake) it's actually closer to beer than wine (made from grain not fruit) cold, hot and at room temp. Right now I'm drinking hold on.... Ahh hot because it's about 60 degrees in my house.
I usually heat my Sake in a small ceramic container inside of a sauce pot full of water. I take the sake out just as the outside water begind to boil. In Japan they have a button on the microwave just for Sake (as we do for popcorn and pizza) but I try not use the microwave that much, if I do I heat at 50% for a few minutes and the ceramic gets extremely hot.
I don't like the tiny sake shot glass sized cups it's normally drank out of instead I like to use tea cups. When drinking it cold I use a small Irish cream glass.
For the most part I drink Cheap Californian Sake. It taste good I know fresh (Sake you do not want to age) and it's cheap. Tonights bottle cost $3.50 from Ralph's. Some Japanese sake's add distilled alcohol to increase potency and decrease cost of the production. In the United States I believe this practice is actually Illegal. My bottle of Gekkieikan was produced in Folsom CA.
Too much typing for now I got a bottle drink.