"Ask Beau" December 2004
Brian P from Denver, Colorado asks: "Can I serve my sake on the rocks?"
Brian, it is a free country and sake is a free booze - well not really free! - so do whatever makes you feel good. If you like the taste then by all means add some ice. That said, even though many breweries recommend that you can add ice to your sake I do not. Why? Firstly, the water that makes up the ice is not the same water used for brewing - not even close! Thus, you will alter the taste of the sake. In this light I would use ice cubes made from filtered or distilled water. Secondly most sake is already diluted from a high of 20% down to roughly 15%. When you dilute you change the structure of the sake, and I feel structure is one of the endearing qualities of sake. Typically if you were to add ice to a sake, you would add ice to a genshu which is an undiluted sake. But once again Brian it is all about you, and that is why there is no right or wrong! However, I have a question. Do you add ice to your white wines?
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