distilled beverage less than 45% alcohol by volume
This liquor is produced all over from Japan from an array of ingredients — potato, rice, wheat, brown sugar, or buckwheat.
Shochu is a spirit unique to Japan with a long history — produced and consumed even more than Japanese sake.
Although not as common outside of Japan, drinking shochu cocktail-style has become popular.
Whether it’s served as a chuhai (shochu with soda and juice), on the rocks or mixed with hot water, fragrant and flavorful shochu matches with any seasonal meal and style.