Tamagozake

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Tamagozake
Type Cocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
Served Hot
Commonly used ingredients
  • One raw egg (or egg yolk only)
  • 3/4 cup (200 cc) sake
  • Honey or sugar to taste
Preparation Whisk the raw egg yolk and honey/sugar into 3/4 cup hot sake (hot enough to lightly cook the egg - 1:30 in the microwave).
Notes An alternative preparation method is to heat the sake/egg/honey mixture together, while whisking occasionally.
Be careful to stop cooking before it turns into scrambled eggs.

Tamagozake (卵酒 or 玉子酒?) is a drink consisting of heated sake, sugar and a raw egg. It translates as "egg sake", being made of the kanjitamago (egg) and 酒 sake. Outside of Japan, tamagozake is sometimes referred to as sake-nog, due to its resemblance to eggnog.

Use as a cold remedy[edit]

Tamagozake is a traditional home remedy for the common cold in Japan, however there is no medical proof of its efficacy.[citation needed]

Even though it is an alcoholic drink, it is sometimes given as a cold remedy to children as well as adults, much as hot toddies are used in Western countries.

Recipe[edit]

Like most home remedies, there are several variant recipes for tamagozake, but the basic properties are the same.

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