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How To Make Rice Wine

A kind of clear wine, made out of fermented rice, rice wine is known for its powerful and distinctive flavor. It is a good substitute for sake or sweet mirin and is often used in East Asian cooking. All you need are two ingredients and plenty of patience to see it ferment. Now, without any further ado, let's follow these steps to make rice wine at home. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Rice Wine
Appliance: Stove
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Ishani Bose


  • 2 cups glutenous “sticky” rice
  • 1 ball Asian rice yeast


  • To make rice wine, cook the rice according to package directions, making sure it is sticky when done.
  • Spread the rice out on a baking sheet to cool.
  • Break up the yeast ball in a small bowl using a spoon. Spoon a layer of room-temperature rice into the container and sprinkle some yeast on top, then repeat the process until all your yeast and rice has been layered in the container.
  • Seal the container and wait! Place the container in a warm place for five days. If you check it daily, you can see the yeast will be breaking down the rice. The resulting liquid, the beginnings of the wine, will pool at the bottom of the container. Feel free to taste a little!