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How to Serve Saké

Mar 28th, 2023 by Gwyn Bjordammen

The unique and flavorful nature of saké has made it a popular drink around the world. For a beginner, it can be confusing to know how to serve and drink it properly. There are three common ways to serve saké: using a traditional masu cup; using a saké set, made up of a tokkuri and ochoko; drinking it in a wine glass.

The traditional way to serve saké is in a masu cup. This is a wooden cup occasionally lined with lacquer and is usually square in shape. Its design is meant to draw out the flavor of the saké and to maximize the drinker’s enjoyment. When using a masu cup, it is important to fill it only halfway and not to the brim.

The second way to drink saké is by using a saké set. This set is made up of two pieces: the tokkuri and the ochoko. The tokkuri is a saké flask, usually made of ceramic, and it is used to hold the saké. The ochoko is a small cup, also made of ceramic, and it is used to drink the saké. It is important to note that when using a tokkuri and ochoko, the saké should be poured from the flask into the cup.

Finally, saké can also be served in a wine glass. This is the perfect way to enjoy saké if you are looking for a more modern approach. Unlike with a masu cup or saké set, the saké can be swirled around in the glass, allowing the drinker to take in the aroma of the sake.

Everyone has a preference when it comes to drinking saké, and there is no wrong way. Whether served in a masu cup, a saké set, or a wine glass, saké can be a very enjoyable beverage to drink.  Remember, it is always polite to pour for others and let them pour for you, as a sign of respect.

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