Minted Sake and Pineapple Cooler

This cocktail is a nice way to introduce sake to novices and a new way for seasoned sake lovers to enjoy the rice wine. Let the finished drink stand for a minute before serving, and it will separate into a beautiful deep green drink topped with sea-green froth. Pouring the pineapple juice into a zip-top bag helps it freeze quickly because it's in a thin layer.

Yield: 5 servings
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 160
  • Calories from fat: 1%
  • Fat: 0.2g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.1g
  • Protein: 0.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 26.8g
  • Fiber: 0.3g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 0.6mg
  • Sodium: 3mg
  • Calcium: 28mg

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups loosely packed mint leaves (about 1 ounce)
  • 1 cup sake
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 (6-ounce) cans pineapple juice, divided
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • Pineapple slices (optional)

Preparation

  1. Combine mint, sake, and sugar in a blender; process for 2 minutes or until mint is very finely chopped. Strain sake mixture through a fine sieve over a bowl; discard solids. Stir in 2 cans pineapple juice and lime juice. Cover and chill.
  2. Pour the remaining 1 can pineapple juice into a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Lay the bag flat in the freezer; freeze 1 hour or until frozen. Combine the sake mixture and frozen pineapple juice in a blender; process 1 minute or until thoroughly combined. Pour about 3/4 cup pineapple mixture into each of 5 glasses, and let stand 1 minute before serving. Garnish with pineapple slices, if desired.
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