Festive Ginger Pear Sakitini
Introducing Festive Ginger Pear Sakitinis! Light, bubbly, sweet, fancy, festive, fun, with a little after bite – sounds like my kind of girl 😉 You will need to stop at your local market to pick up a few things. If you can’t track down pear juice, apple juice will do. For the bubbly part I like to use diet ginger ale, got to keep it light.
I keep jars of minced ginger stocked for Asian inspired cooking but if you don’t have any just skip it – the ginger ale gives it a good zing. Crystallized ginger candy is fun as well. I’ve found ginger candy at both Trader Joe’s and Costco. For garnishes use lemon twists and/or fresh springs of rosemary – I went for all 3!
Does your family like Japanese food? We love it! If we are going out to dinner there is a 50% or more that we will be going out for sushi. Bob and I order saki and Japanese beer. If you haven’t tried saki it’s basically a sweetish wine with a dry after taste (it’s rice wine).
We are super lucky with amazing small markets very close to home. On nights when we stay in we can find easy to grab and go options. The night we were recipe tasting sakitinis I was able to easily grab a few varieties of saki from Willows Market just down the road.
With a couple holiday parties on the queue over the weekend, sushi, salad, sakitinis and Netflix sounded like just the thing for tonight! If you’re not a big drinker you may still want to give a mini sakitini a whirl. They are light both in the sense of taste and alcohol level. Imagine that Bob and I normally drink a large hot saki between us straight and chase it with beers, so…. a little chilled saki mixed with juice and soda is not going to put you over the edge.
- 2 cups sake (rice wine)
- 21 Tablespoons fresh minced ginger (optional)
- 1½ cups diet ginger ale
- 2 ounces chrystalllzed ginger
- a few lemon peel twists
- fresh sprigs of rosemary
- Chill sake and soda
- Fill your favorite tumblers with ice
- Prepare garnishes
- Mix juice, soda, and saki together in a small pitcher
- Pour into tumblers and garnish
- I like my sakitinis on ice
I’ve been crocheting up a storm and having fun learning how to make intricate little stars and snowflakes. I love giving them to friends that aren’t expecting a little something. A new friend from dance class so was cute that she used my snowflake as the topper to her table tree –
Are you taking care of yourself this month? As Christmas approaches it is easy to start feeling frenzied. Take a deep breath, do what you love, get enough rest and take care of yourself. Remember to have fun and be silly!
OvenHugs until next the post,