Infused sakes

Sakes infused with lime, strawberry and pineapple. (Mel Melcon, Los Angeles Times)

 

Strawberry-infused sake

Total time: 10 minutes, plus 2 to 4 days infusing time

Servings: 12

Note: Adapted from Ponzu restaurant in San Francisco

1 bottle (720 ml or 24 ounces) of regular (junmai) sake

2 pints strawberries

1. Pour the sake into a glass container. Wash the strawberries. Remove the stems and cut the berries in half lengthwise or quarters if large. Add the strawberries to the sake and stir. Seal the container.

2. Let sit at room temperature for 2 to 4 days, tasting after the second day. Note: The fruit will lose its color, but that's OK.

3. To serve, refrigerate until chilled, then strain out the berries. Best served well chilled but not on ice.

Each serving: 79 calories; 0 protein; 3 grams carbohydrates; 0 fiber; 0 fat; 0 saturated fat; 0 cholesterol; 1 mg. sodium.