It’s about to heat up in Toronto. To cool off while you celebrate our longawaited summer, put a bottle of Sakepolitan on ice (or keep one handy in your fridge) and enjoy!
Sakepolitan is a pre-mixed sake-based cocktail with truly local origins. In this beverage, Ontario cranberry juice meets Junmai sake brewed by Toronto’s Ontario Spring Water Sake Company using Muskoka spring water. Sakepolitan is inspired by the well-known Cosmopolitan cocktail, but with sake as the star rather than vodka. With fresh cranberry and yuzu flavours, Sakepolitan has a sweet and yet tart taste.
At 7.0% alc/vol, Sakepolitan has a lingering and refreshing finish and is also not as alcohol-heavy as your traditional Cosmopolitan cocktail, making it a wiser choice for indulging on those blistering hot summer days. Enjoy it on its own or paired with a light lunch, happy hour snack or as a pre-dinner beverage. Food pairings that might go especially well with a Sakepolitan include flavoured popcorn, sushi (of course), fresh raw oysters, grilled meats, karaage (Japanese fried chicken), Japanese curry or a bowl of rich and flavourful ramen. The sake brewed at the Ontario Spring Water Sake Company, located in Toronto’s Distillery District, is unique in that it is freshly pressed, unpasteurized and unfiltered, a style of sake not currently available anywhere else in the province. Unpasteurized sake is pasteurized once or never, and usually has a brighter, fruitier and fresher taste than its pasteurized counterparts.
The best place to store unpasteurized sake (or cocktails made with it) is your fridge as it will change flavours and spoil if left unrefrigerated for too long. The Izumi (meaning “spring water” in Japanese) sake that is used to make the Sakepolitan carries hints of melon and vanilla which help to bring out undertones of the cocktail’s Muskoka cranberry juice. The sake also has a brighter, fruitier taste than vodka, with notes of lime and yuzu juice, making it an ideal and unique choice of alcohol for this cocktail beverage. Sakepolitan is now available for purchase at select LCBOs as well as at the Ontario Spring Water Sake Company brewery, located at 51 Gristmill Lane in the Distillery District. If you’d like to taste before you purchase, do visit the brewery. As well as the Sakepolitan, you can taste a variety of the brewery’s unique sakes, all of which are available for purchase. ontariosake.com