Pineapple-infused sake

Time 30 minutes
Yields Serves 16
Pineapple-infused sake
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Cut the rind off the pineapple, then cut the fruit crosswise into 4 pieces.


In a large saucepan, heat the water, sugar, vanilla bean and seeds, and cinnamon stick over medium heat. When the mixture comes to a boil, add the pineapple and simmer for about 3 minutes.


Remove the pineapple from the saucepan and let cool. Puree the pineapple in a food processor. Strain the puree and the contents of the saucepan through a fine-mesh sieve. Return the strained pineapple mixture to the saucepan over medium heat and boil until reduced by about two-thirds, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool.


In a medium bowl, combine the cooled pineapple mixture and the sake. Add the lemon juice. Pour into a glass container and refrigerate. Serve well chilled.

Adapted from Sutra Lounge in Costa Mesa.

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