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Kanpai

on June 25, 2010

Kanpai translates into an equivalent of the word “cheers” when making a toast. I actually thought it was spelled differently but who am I say it’s wrong. Either way I came across a cocktail by this name and it sounds so good I can’t wait to try it on my own. I just have to get a few of the ingredients and I’ll give my review of it once I make it. It is a peachy looking color and sounds so refreshing for a hot summer day. This recipe is supposedly from the high-end Japanese restaurant “Megu NYC”. I have never heard of it but then again I’m not on the élite list that dines in high-end Japanese restaurants in NYC! It has saké in it. Not a problem for me. And what makes it even more inviting to me is that it is a sparkling saké! My downfall. Love sparkling saké and of course it’s much higher in calories. Figures! This recipe of course calls for high-end sparkling saké. But I will be using the cheaper version. If anyone tries it before I do please let me know on this blog in a comment if you liked it or not! Sparkling saké is also a great saké for people who think they don’t like saké. It’s sweeter and not so harsh when you first drink it like so many house sakés are. Most people associate saké with the hot variety. I have found out that most of those hot sakés are the cheaper sakés and they need to heat it to make it taste better! I only use the hot saké for sake bombs now! Cold or room temperature all the way these days. I just texted John who is on his way home from New York and told him about this drink and he is ready to try it this weekend! So I will update everyone once we have a verdict!

P.S. I just looked up the restaurant Megu NYC and it seems to be a fave of the Twilight cast when in NYC. Oh boy!

INGREDIENTS:

5 raspberries, muddled

1 ounce Bacardi Lite

1 ounce pineapple juice

1-2 ounces sparkling saké (they usually come in small bottles for as little as $5 at most wine/liquor stores)


DIRECTIONS:

Put all ingredients except for the saké into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with the sparkling saké!

Makes 1 drink

**DON’T FORGET TO VISIT www.cucinadiandrea.com!

Still in progress but check it out anyway!


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