Uncovering Amazake: Japan’s Ancient Fermented ‘Superdrink’

Article Link: http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200317-uncovering-amazake-japans-ancient-fermented-superdrink

Discussion posted by: David McNamara

By the time I made the hike down the long pathway from the top of Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari to the houses below, I was thirsty. Which was convenient, since many local residents take advantage of foot traffic from the mountainside Shinto shrine by hosting small cafes in their homes. It was on that winding street that I first encountered amazake, an ancient, non-alcoholic, lightly fermented rice drink, which a helpful English sign noted could be served “hot or cold”.