"Ask Beau" May 2005
This month's "Ask Beau" question comes from Tamara W, a subscriber to the Newsletter, who asked "What it the best thing to use to dilute my sake so that I can enjoy 2 glasses of it without getting that much alcohol into my system?" Hmmmmm My first impulse was to say spit out every other sip, but then I imagined a party situation and a realized that a pocketbook spittoon isn't that fashionable.
My quick answer is to try a lower alcohol sake. For example Ichinokura Himezen 8% or a Sparkling Sake at 6.5%. If that does not appeal to you then I recommend freezing distilled water and making ice cubes to cut the alcohol content. Don't use tap water or even filtered water as they are both too flavorful and will dominate the nuances of your selected sake. Lastly, there is the other water trick where you drink a glass of water before each glass of sake. Hmmm, and if these don't help then get smaller glasses!