Easy “Sake Sangria” recipe

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This Cinco de Mayo, try adding sake to your traditional sangria for an Asian twist! Sake is a Japanese alcoholic beverage sometimes referred to as “rice wine.” A popular and affordable bottle is Gekkeikan Sake, which costs about $8 for a 750ml bottle.

Let’s take a look at this recipe from Sake: A Modern Guide by Beau Timken and Sara Desera. The addition of sake takes place of red wine and orange liqueurs, typical alcoholic elements in a sangria. If you’d like to experiment further or want to keep a wine element to this particular recipe, try adding Plum Wine.


  • 1 1/4 cups sake
  • 1/2 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup mixed fruit chunks (strawberries, kiwis, cantaloupe, watermon, honeydew)
  • soda water to top
  • fresh mint leaves for garnish


  • In a bowl, combine the sake, orange juice, brandy and sugar
  • Stir until sugar is completely dissolved
  • Pour mixture into a large pitcher
  • Add fruit chunks
  • Cover and refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours

Serving: Fill large wineglasses with ice, add enough of mixture to fill about 3/4 full, straining out the fruit and then top with soda water. Garnish with macerated fruit and mint leaves.


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