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Happy Hour: Ozeki Hana Awaka Sparkling Sake

To me, Summer months are meant for bubbly. After a warm day, it's relaxing to have a glass of something cool, chilled, and sparkling. Usually I reach for an inexpensive Prosecco or sparkling rosé, but recently I tried something a little more unusual.

At a little sushi restaurant in Japantown, I saw a sign advertising "Sparkling Flower." The sparkling flower was actually called Hana Awaka, and it was a delicious sparkling sake. The flyer declared that it would "bring your taste buds alive with bursting bubbles," and it actually did. The flavor was light and sweeter than most sakes. The bubbles lent a refreshing bite. The best part was that it was only $8 a bottle, and that meant more for everyone!

Have you ever had sparkling sake? Do you think it would be something you'd try?

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blaster1554 blaster1554 8 years
I tried this while on vacation at Disney World. It tastes great! I found in the the World Showcase at Epcot in the Japan showcase. It was so good that my husband and I bought a bottle to drink on our anniversary and now I'm looking to buy more online. Great taste, even better price at $8.
SugarFreak SugarFreak 9 years
So I went to my local Asian market, but the liquor store didn't have sparkling sake. When I asked the lady, she gave me a funny look and possibly a bit offended! LOL Off to Trader Joe's!
SugarFreak SugarFreak 9 years
Thanks for the tip CurlyGirl...I was just trying to figure out where I would start looking for this if my local Korean market didn't have it. I never noticed sparkling sake. But perhpas I was never looking for it?
SugarFreak SugarFreak 9 years
Sake? Check. Bubbly? Check.
DCStar DCStar 9 years
This stuff is nice, I've tried it a couple of times. The champagne of saki! lol :)
sharshar sharshar 9 years
Mmm, looks yummy.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
yum!!!! can't wait to find this!!
darkangel2305 darkangel2305 9 years
fuzzles, not all sake is served hot. I personally prefer the sake that is specially meant to be served chilled. Those tend to have fruit undertones. I have never had sparkling Sake, but can't wait to try it!! :)
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 9 years
I would give it a shot!
clickmichelle clickmichelle 9 years
So funny that you're featuring this! I've been ordering it at my favorite sushi place since they got it in. I love it! It's light and refreshing. I bought a bottle of Trader Joe's sparkling sake last time I was in Atlanta, but I have not tried it yet.
0danielle0 0danielle0 9 years
We just had some the other night, but it came in a blue bottle. So yummy!
allinavhcnerf allinavhcnerf 9 years
i've been wanting to try it. hopefully soon.
annapt annapt 9 years
I've tried sparkling sake a couple of times at Kyotofu ( here in NY. It's good to match it with a dessert, almost like a dessert wine.
alikat07 alikat07 9 years
Definitely interested in trying this!
katiejane24 katiejane24 9 years
I'd definitely try it. And that SERIOUSLY is an adorable picture of the pug in the pirate hat. I wish I could get my Airedale to wear one.
curlygirl13 curlygirl13 9 years
Trader Joe's has sparkling sake too and it's delicious. I think it's about $6 a bottle.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 9 years
I'll try anything.
christmascarol christmascarol 9 years
moon rabbit (~$8) is really good and so is poochi-poochi (~$10)
emalove emalove 9 years
I've never even had regular sake, but this sounds good!
otaku otaku 9 years
i absolutely love sake... hence the name. i would love to try this, as i have only ever had traditional sake, tho' i like to mix it half and half with tropical juice. YUM! (and, 8$ sake isn't all that bad to be honest) :)
bizzybee bizzybee 9 years
Would love to try it.
dmtroyer dmtroyer 9 years
oh baby, sign me up! don't mean to sound snobbish, but I am a bit wary of $8 sake.
amandalynnmc amandalynnmc 9 years
I would totally try it! Please send me a bottle. ;)
kia kia 9 years
Oh awesome. I'm flying into SFO in a week and J-Town (the food court) is my first stop after the plane lands. I'll keep an eye out for the "Sparkling Flower" sign.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
hanako66, That is one adorable pug you have! :)
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