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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.

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.


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

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