NEW YORK — Most spirits have a day or a month dedicated to them, even if the dedication has to be created by public relations folks. So, why should sake, the iconic Japanese drink, be any different?
October 1 is Nihonshu no Hi, or National Sake Day, traditionally the day brewmasters across Japan begin the process of producing their sake. It will be celebrated in various ways at various venues in this country. At Haru, the eight-location group of modern Japanese restaurants (seven in the city, one in Boston), specialty sake-based cocktails and flights will be the order of the day
The sake-based concoctions include:
Mr. Beam’s Sake Cider ($12) — A seasonal special served during autumn and winter, created with Jim Beam Black, Reiko Cold Sake and fresh apple cider.
Ultimate Saketini ($12) — A girls-night-out cocktail, created with Ultimat Vodka, sake and plum wine, served “up.”
Sake Runner ($10) — A reminder of the tropics, created with sake, rum and “island delights.”
Cherry Blossom ($12) — Created with Svedka Cherry Vodka, Nigori Sake, Peacu puree and cranberry juice.
Harupolitan ($12) — A spin on a classic cocktail, created with TyKu Liqueur, Ichiko Shochu, pineapple juice, orange juice, sour mix and Contrieau.
Top Flight Sake Flight ($19) — A tasting of Kaori, Kira, Wakatake and Kubota (only at Sake Bar location).
You can the rundown on food offerings, various drinks specials, and locations of the Haru spots online.
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