Well, The holidays are upon us…and if you’re like me, you want to have fun and enjoy delicious food and cocktails. Seems there are so many parties to attend, so many fattening snacks. Over-indulgence can really creep up!!! During the week, you can still enjoy beautiful food and cocktails of a lighter fare, without feeling deprived. Today, I stopped by my favorite Seafood Market on the way home – Mutual Fish. They have such a selection of seafood…some I have never cooked. What caught my eye today, as I was thinking of my waistline…was the gorgeous fresh Sushi Grade Yellow Fin Tuna. I bought a large steak and as they wrapped it up…I was creating in my mind a light, clean cocktail that would proudly accompany this beautiful catch. I prepared the tuna in the most simple way…thinly sliced, layered on a plate with paper thin green onions, toasted sesame seeds, wasabi, and soy sauce mixed with a splash of seasoned rice wine vinegar. A heavy drink…would not do…So, I remembered my Pal, Kelly, gave me a lovely bottle of Sake this summer. At the time, I was so appreciative…and I tucked it away in my fridge for the perfect occasion. Tonight, it was the star to accompany a light dinner….Thanks Kelly..it was perfect.
Here’s how I made it…
In a cocktail shaker:
- 12 Oz. of Sake – Choose a brand you enjoy – The Sake I had was crisp and dry
- Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice – I used 3 small key limes (thanks for sending them from Arizona, Mom!)
- Ginger Simple Syrup – 4 Tablespoons – recipe below
Add ice to your shaker and all ingredients. Shake vigorously. This drink is a clean, light refreshing little beauty. Your palette will feel cleansed from the lime and ginger. It paired perfectly with the fresh Yellow Fin. Although it is a Wednesday night around the holidays, I feel like I had a treat….without killing the calorie counter!!!
Explore this holiday season!!! Create a festive atmosphere every day of the week. It doesn’t have to be decadent…just delicious.
Recipe for Ginger Simple Syrup – 3-4 chunks of peeled fresh ginger, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water – Simmer – Cool.
To Make It Special: Enjoy without guilt!! A light, refreshing drink.
To Make It Virgin: Try Tart, Crisp Apple or Pear Juice in place of the Sake. Delicious!