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Summer saké punch with strawberries and
cucumber: delicious! Photo courtesy
For warm weather entertaining—like Father’s Day—serve something different and unexpected.
Party drinks like sangria and punch are popular, affordable and easy to make.
For a fun fusion, make them with saké.
Saké, which many people think of as rice wine (we’ll skip the technicalities for now), can substitute for conventional grape-based wines in these recipes.
How about saké sangria, an Asian twist on the Spanish original? Refresh yourself with:
Peach & Plum Sangria
Summer Saké Sangria, with watermelon and honeydew
Fruity Sake Sangria, with apple, honeydew and orange
Would you rather serve a pitcher of punch instead of sangria?
The key difference is that punch isn’t chock-full of fruit like sangria, and typically has effervescence added via soda water or ginger ale. Recipes include:
Ginger Plum Punch
Saké Berry Punch
Cool Sparkle Punch, with cucumbers and strawberries (our favorite among the six refreshing recipes)
FOOD TRIVIA: The word “punch” is adapted from the Hindi word, “panch.” In India, panch was made from five different ingredients: sugar, lemon, water, tea or spices and an alcoholic spirit. The word for “five” in Sanskrit is panchan–hence the name. After carbonated water (soda water) became mainstream in the late 18th century, it was added to the punch for some effervescence.
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