Other names: sweet rice wine, aji-mirin, hon mirin
A golden colored sweet wine made distilled sake and steamed glutinous rice. Mirin is a common ingredient in Japanese cooking used in sauses and glazes. True mirin is called hon-mirin and has an alcohol content of 13- 14%. There is also a product referred to as minin-fumi which is a synthetic flavoring with a 1% alchohol content. Mirin has a slight nutty flavor.