Japanese Sweet Rice Wine
Mirin (pronounced MEE-rin) is a type of sweet Japanese rice wine, and an essential ingredient in Japanese cuisine.
Mirin is not the same thing as sake, though the two are similar in many respects. As a general rule, true mirin has a lower alcohol content and a higher sugar content than sake (and other rice wines). There are several mirin variations that are commonly available, including some with much lower alcohol content. These are detailed below in ‘types and varieties.’
Other names: Mirim/Milim (미림) (Korean). Note that other words may be attached to the word ‘mirin’ to denote the type or variety. Mirin is 味醂 or みりん in Japanese.