Kobe, Japan, may be best-known for its marbled beef, but a trip to Kobe wouldn’t be complete without a stop in the city’s Nada district, home to many of Japan’s sake breweries. During a recent trip, I visited the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery and Museum and took advantage of their generous free tasting samples, eventually picking up a yuzu-infused sake to bring home. The unique taste of yuzu, a citrus fruit native to Asia, gives the sake a crisp, refreshing flavor — perfect for drinking chilled on its own or with a splash of soda water over ice. However, with a full bottle of yuzu sake at my disposal, I knew it was time to get creative.
Enter the Kobe Mule, a Japanese twist on the classic Moscow Mule. Alcoholic ginger beer compliments the rice-based spirit’s warmth while lime highlights the yuzu’s citrusy tang. It may not be traditional, but it’s the perfect drink to sip on a sunny spring day.
Ingredients (makes 1)
4 ounces yuzu sake
1/2 ounce lime juice
6 ounces alcoholic ginger beer
Pour sake and lime juice into a glass, add ice and top with ginger beer. Stir to mix well, garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!