7 Things You Need To Know Before You Drink Shochu
Have you ever tried Shochu, the Japanese spirit? Whether you've already had it or not, here's everything you need to know about shochu. From "What shochu is..." to "How you can enjoy shochu". After reading this post, you will become a shochu-master!
1: What is Shochu (焼酎)...?
Its unique taste and high alcohol by volume content have been the reasons why Japanese drunkards have loved it for decades!
Shochu was originally made in the Kyushu region, but nowadays it is produced in all locations throughout Japan.
You can enjoy shochu just like whiskeys and any other kinds of spirit, for instance, on the rock, diluted with water, with soda, and it even is mixed with Japanese teas to make a true Japanese cocktail!
2: What is the difference between shochu and sake?
The ingredients are also different. Sake is made from rice and koji mold (fermented rice mold), but shochu can be made from many kinds of ingredients such as sweet potatoes, barley, and also rice. Some rare kinds of shochu are even made from sugarcane.
Generally speaking, shochu has a higher alcoholic content than sake. Sake has an alcoholic content of about 15% whereas shochu close to 25%.
The amount of calories per volume is also different. Sake has about 100 kcal/ 100 ml and shochu has from 140 to 200 kcal per 100 ml. The alcoholic content of shochu is much higher, and much of the caloric difference comes from that. Sake actually tastes sweeter.
3: How is shochu served?
On the rock
Be careful not to let the ice melt too much since your shochu may become too watery and this will ruin the taste.
Mizuwari: Cut with water/ Oyuwari: Cut with hot water
When you make mizuwari, add in shochu first. This is because cold water is heavier than shochu and by pouring in the water after the shochu, it will mix the two in the glass. On the other hand, when making oyuwari, since shochu is heavier than hot water, add the hot water first.
Soda-wari: Cut with soda
4: What about shochu cocktails?
There are no rules when making shochu cocktails and the cocktails can be based on any kind of beverage you like. You can mix in orange juice just like when you make a screw-driver cocktail, or coke or any other beverage.
Popular styles are fresh fruit chu-his (adding some fruit juice or syrup) and tea-based chu-his (cutting shochu with tea).
5: Is shochu the same as soju?
In South Korea, people usually drink soju straight, whereas in Japan, shochu is consumed in all the ways mentioned above.
6: Is Umeshu a type of shochu?
7: What is iichiko shochu?
The name "iichiko" is a word which means "sure why not!" in Oita dialect.
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