shaken, not stirred


What’s your favorite drink or cocktail? What’s in it?
Question submitted by charm.vox.com

I’m a sucker for Wild Ginger’s mango daiquiri — heavenly! This should be no surprise to anyone who knows me. Unfortunately, I’ve no idea how to make one at home, but in a pinch a Sapphire & tonic will suffice, anytime.

Oh! Have you heard of sake bombs? Balance some good sake in a sake cup (or a shot glass if you’re without) on two chopsticks bridged over the mouth of a tall glass or mug of dry Japanese beer (e.g. Asahi or Sapporo). Yell, “sake bomb!” and bang your fists on the bar so that the sake, container and all, falls into the beer (this may take two or three tries, depending on the size of your fists, or the bar — just my experience). Proceed to imbibe.

So messy, but verrry smooth. Mrowr.

  • The UK equivalent of this was (because I haven't heard of it for years and they'd refuse to make it in any pub - but of course you can manufacture it at your table) is the dog's nose.

  • Mmmm... yummy. Fun to build the chopstick bridge, too!

  • I've heard of sake bombs, but have never had the courage to try one. Do they actually taste good, or is it as much about the experience as anything?

    The sushi place down the street does sake martinis. Heaven.

  • Well, I like them! The sake really buffers the bitterness of the beer. Smooth, and a bit sweet.

  • Forestdweller

    [this is good] This sake bomb sounds like fun and delicious wrapped up in fuzzy-headed goodness. I'll have to try it!

  • [this is good] mango daquiri, eh? Sounds interesting! ^^

    Also, I too enjoy a sapphire and tonic when I can get my hands on one. Very nice choice. ^^

    I'm amused that this sake bomb of which you speak! I've never seen or heard of such a thing!

  • Personne

    This QotD makes me feel young and inexperienced.

  • pastilla

    Count me in when mango-anything is involved.

    I have been making drinks with homemade ginger vodka lately. It's easy to make: add a cup of chopped candied ginger into a 750 ml bottle of vodka (remove about 1/2 cup vodka first), and let it sit in the fridge for a few days. My favorite ginger vodka mixed drink is pineapple juice, mineral water, a splash of ginger vodka and a squeeze of lemon in a martini glass. I love drinking the vodka neat, too.

    I'm not a big drinker, though, so the bottle has been in the fridge since Chinese New Year's. It keeps getting better and better. When I get to the bottom, I plan to make some ginger vodka scones with the ginger bits for a late afternoon summer tea party!

  • lol the sake bombs - I would *so* not like to be in a bar where this was going on . . .

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