Call it a new coffee revolution.
A word coined and a drink concocted by me, The SaPresso, is a coffee and sake cocktail.
What is sake?
Sake is a Japanese alcoholic beverage brewed from rice, water, yeast and koji-kin. Koji-kin helps create enzymes that convert rice starch molecules into fermentable and non-fermentable sugars. The yeast helps the fermentation process and is an agent for the flavor and aroma of the sake. It has an average of 15% alcohol by volume.
Japan has more than 1,500 sake breweries. Each brewery has their own unique brewing method and produces different types of sake.
There are several kinds of sake available in the market. The four main categories of sake are Daiginjo, Ginjo, Junmai and Honjozo. Other sake includes Nigori, Nama and Ume Shu. The Nigori Sake is unfiltered, sweet and looks cloudy. I picked unfiltered sake, or Nigori Sake, for this coffee cocktail.
Nigori Sake is milky white and cloudy due to its rice sediments. Like a fine wine, the texture of Nigori is velvety smooth and soft.
I chose my nigori brewed by Ozeki, a company established in 1711. Ozeki Nigori sake stands out for its creamy and rich flavor that resembles coconut milk. It is sweet and pairs well with spicy food, fruit and dessert, or as a dessert drink.
It has an excellent mouthfeel and great aftertaste. For this reason, I choose Ozeki Nigori sake for the SaPresso. Along with the sake, I use high quality fresh roasted coffee beans.
You will need the following ingredients
- 2 oz. espresso
- 1.5 oz. Nigori sake (any type, we chose Ozeki)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 3 dashes Angostura bitters
- 3 ice cubes
Pour everything into a cocktail shaker and shake well for 20 seconds.
Note: It’s unnecessary to let the espresso shot cool down to room temperature. The ice cubes will offset the temperature while mixing.
- I measured both sake and espresso using a 1.5 oz. shot glass and a 2 oz. shot glass. You can buy the shot glasses here.
- I used an espresso machine to pull a shot. You can use a moka pot, AeroPress, or Keurig/Nepresso pod machine.
- A cocktail shaker.
- To serve, I used martini glasses (as shown in photo). You can find similar ones on Amazon.
It’s one hell of a drink! I’m quite surprised the two went well together. SaPresso is rich and bittersweet. It’s a pleasure sipping this medium bodied cocktail during fall. Sit back, relax and enjoy the fullness, weight, and concentration of SaPresso!
Try it and tell us what you think! As always, please share your opinion and help us create better content for you.
Photos and article by Latte Art Guy