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August 2010

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Shochu Cocktail Recipes

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Shochu Cocktail Recipes

Shochu cocktails are extremely popular in Japan. Fruity varieties are preferred—pineapple and the like.

In general, shochu can be served:

  • On the rocks: ice cubes in a rocks glass or a snifter
  • Over ice with a splash of your favorite fresh fruit juice or bottled juice (cranberry, grape, grapefruit, guava, mango, etc.)
  • With muddled fresh fruit (berries, citrus, mangos) and ice
  • With a splash of tea (i.e. oolong tea, green tea, herbal tea, etc.) and ice
  • Mixed in your favorite vodka cocktail as a refreshing and lower-calorie alternative to vodka

Or try these shochu cocktails:

Shochu Tonic

  • Pour 1 part shochu and 2 parts tonic water over ice in a rocks or collins glass.
  • Garnish with lemon twist.


Shochu Colada

  • Add to a blender: 1 part shochu with 2 parts pineapple juice, 1 part coconut milk and 1 cup crushed ice.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Garnish with a pineapple spear or an orange slice.


Shochu Cosmo or Ginger Cosmo

  • Mix 2 parts shochu, 1 part triple sec (or other orange liqueur), 1 part cranberry juice and a squeeze of lime.
  • For a Ginger Cosmo, add a splash of ginger syrup or a slice of fresh ginger.
  • Shake with ice and strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Shochu Juiced

  • 2 parts shochu
  • 1 part of your favorite fresh squeezed fruit juice (cucumber juice, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, watermelon juice, etc.)
  • Pour the shochu into a rocks glass over ice. Add the fruit juice and serve.


Tokyo Iced Tea

This drink has just 105 calories.

  • 3 ounces Haamonii Lemon Shochu
  • 1 ounce chilled brewed or bottled oolong tea or other unsweetened bottled tea
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon
  • Lemon wheel
  • Pour the shochu and tea over ice. Squeeze lemon. Garnish with lemon wheel.


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