Amazake is a unique drink because of its thick texture, magical flavour and story behind. You can sip it in small amounts to enjoy its tranquil, calming taste.
If you go to a shrine during the New Year’s celebration in Japan, you will see stands selling Amazake surrounded by people enjoying it. I believe that Amazake is deeply connected to aspects of our traditions, ceremonies, religion, and celebrations. If I had to choose one food or drink to represent Japanese culture, I’d choose Amazake.
Luckily nowadays Amazake is fun and easy to prepare from home. Because of its versatile nature, Amazake can be used as a sweetener, sauce, or even ice cream. In this recipe I use Japanese rice (typically sold as “sushi rice” or “milk rice” abroad). Different types of rice yield different results, so it’s fun to experiment too!;)
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