Otōsō: A Japanese herbal saké is the perfect drink to start 2021

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The roots of otōsō have been muddled, steeped and flavoured in history:

Making your own spirit lifting tōsō-san blend.

Making your own tōsō-san herb blend isn’t difficult. Start with herbs you enjoy, adjusting the portions to your taste. Crush gently with a mortar and pestle and place the mixture in a paper filter to steep.
A traditional lacquered wood 屠蘇 otōsō set.

Japanese Canadian Nisei researching traditional recipes for the the curious and inquisitive.

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