Sake to You

A little known fact about sake: Because it is a naturally fermented alcoholic beverage, it’s in the same general category as wine and beer. A better known fact about sake: Like beer and wine, it’s always fashionable to drink, whether as a standalone cocktail or an accompaniment to food—and even as an ingredient in food. Sake is made from water and rice, and this authentic Gekkeikan sake is completely natural. It can be served in a porcelain or wooden (masu) cup either warm (kan) or chilled (hiya). This brilliant, ultra-premium “Junmai Daiginjo” brand (retail up to $40) has been fermented at low temperatures, giving it a mild flavor and refreshing fruit-like nose.