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Sake making a splash for summer

Kowalski's Rachael Perron explains the different kinds of sake and how to pair them.

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — Summer is a great time to experiment with some refreshing drinks. If you are tired of that glass of pinot grigio, maybe it's time for a change. 

Japanese rice “wine” or sake, is a great summer wine alternative. Kowalski’s Culinary Director Rachael Perron joins KARE 11 in studio to explain the different kinds of sake and the best foods, including cheese, to enjoy with them.


2 lime slices, plus more for garnish

2 dashes green hot sauce

3 oz. Lime Sour

6 oz. sake


In a cocktail shaker, muddle 2 slices of lime with hot sauce; add sour, sake and ice. Shake until cold (about 30 seconds), strain evenly into two lowball glasses over ice. Garnish each glass with lime slices.

Makes 2. 

LIME SOUR: In a medium saucepan, bring 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice and ½ cup sugar to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat; cool for 30 minutes. Store, covered, in the refrigerator. Makes about 1 cup.