Sake, the national drink of Japan, is a brewed rice wine that is available in a variety of styles and flavors. It ranges in taste from sweet and delicate to dry and even a bit savory. Sake has been an important part of Japanese culture since the 600s. Sake can be a great addition to a special dinner or a wonderful gift for someone you love. This Mother’s Day, take a moment, and raise a glass to the important women in your life with one of these four uniquely maternal sakes.
Sparkling Jelly Sake
Nothing says “celebration” like a burst of bubbles on the tongue. This doesn’t mean you need to stick to champagne on Mother’s Day. Why not share a glass of sparkling jelly sake, such as Izeko’s canned peach, berry or yuzu samurai sakes? These three styles are sweet, effervescent and springy. They’d be perfect for a sunny Sunday with your mother.
Flowery Sparkling Sake
The delicate flavor of flowers will blend perfectly with a gift bouquet this Mother’s Day. Wrap up a bottle of something like Chikurin’s Hana Hou Hou Shu sparkling junmai sake. With hints of rose petal and hibiscus, this floral, bubbling drink lends an air of class to any springtime celebration.
If you’re looking for something a bit more fruity, and less bubbly, then consider buying your mother a glass of plum sake. Umenoyado makes a delicious plum wine (or “umeshu”). Its Aragoshi Ume is perfectly balanced, with hints of plum and a light acidity.