Japanese Beauty Recipe: Amazake (Sweet Sake That’s Great for Your Skin)

When you stumble upon an alcohol that’s beneficial for your skin, it’s always a good news story. Miki Tameishi shared this delightful recipe for Amazake – a sweet sake drink that is so high in nutrients, it’s jokingly labelled by the Japanese as an ‘IV drip’. 

Why is it great for your skin in particular? Containing large amounts of Vitamin B1, Amazake moisturises your skin and boosts collagen production aiding in the prevention of wrinkles. So, if you want to look well rested in 2018, it’s out with the vino and in with the Amazake. 

Ingredients (makes 4 cups)

120g pressed sake kasu

600ml water

4 tbsp sugar

1 pinch of salt (optional, to draw out the sweetness)

1 to 2 tbsp grated ginger



1.If your sake kasu is a little solid, chop it up with a knife or crumble it with your hands.

2.Pour the 600ml of water into a pot and place the sake kasu into the pot. Let this rest for several hours or even overnight. The sake kasu will melt into the water. If it is not fully melted, try stirring it until you get a milky coloured liquid.

3. Place the pot on the stove and add the sugar. Boil the mixture at low-medium heat, stirring as you do so. It should become warm and bubbly.

4.Remove the pot from the stove and add the salt and grated ginger. Serve while it’s hot. Here, it’s useful to have a pair of chopsticks so that you can continue to stir while you drink the amazake.

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