Yes, we know that sake isn't usually meant to be served warm, but sometimes you have to bend the rules a bit - especially when snow got in your boots, your neighbor didn't shovel their side walk, and all you can think about are little sips of soothing sake with your fingers wrapped around the warm cup... Can you tell what kind of day we're having?!
We like to heat our sake up for a spare thirty seconds in the microwave. This is just enough to warm the cup and the sake, but not so hot that you can't taste any of the sake's flavors. Or so hot that we can't sip it right away!
After the first few sips, we can feel our muscles relaxing, our shoulders dropping from around our ears, and our insides starting to thaw. Just what the doctor ordered.
What about you - do you like warm sake?
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