Nashi Pear, Sake & Shiso Frozen Cocktail



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Japanese Food Made Easy

Japanese Food Made Easy

By Aya Nishimura

Published 2020

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Preparation: 15 Minutes, Plus 3 Hours Freezing
Cooking: 10 Minutes

This is a super-refreshing drink that is perfect for summer afternoons. A nashi pear (or Asian pear) looks like a pale-yellow apple. Although it is called a pear, the taste and texture are quite different from European pears. It has a high water content and is fresh, crisp and juicy, with a beautiful aroma.



  • 2 nashi pears, about 500 g (1 lb 2 oz), peeled and cored
  • 4 shiso (perilla) leaves or small mint leaves, plus extra to garnish


  • 70 g (2½ oz) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 160 ml (5¼ fl oz) sake


Mix the sugar with 70 ml (2¼ fl oz) water in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until thickened and syrupy. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

Put four small glasses in the fridge until you are ready to serve the cocktail.

Put the pear flesh in a blender and blend until it is smooth. Add ½ cup (125 ml) of the cooled syrup and the sake. Pour into an airtight container and transfer to the freezer for about 3 hours, until the mixture has a slushy consistency.

When the pear mixture has reached the desired consistency, remove it from the freezer. Blend in the shiso or mint leaves and pour into the chilled glasses. Garnish with extra shiso or mint to serve.