Sake, or saki, is a traditional Japanese alcoholic beverage. According to The Wine Pages website, saki can be traced back to the 3rd century. It can be served either slightly chilled or heated, depending on your preference. Heating saki is generally done in the winter months and is a delicate process. By following a few steps, you can learn how to properly warm saki.

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Pour water into a medium-sized pan and place it on your stove.

Fill your tokkuri with saki and place it in the water-filled pan. A tokkuri is a traditional ceramic flask used to serve saki and can be purchased online or at select cooking supply stores.

Put your stove on a medium-high setting and allow the water to heat up to a near boil. Do not allow the water to come to a full boil because it can spoil the taste of your saki.

Place a cooking thermometer into the saki and wait until the temperature is approximately 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

Remove the tokkrui from the pan and serve your saki.


  • Carefully monitor the water so that it never starts boiling. Turn the stove temperature down if the water looks like it’s about to boil.