Chill Out with Japanese Drinks

Introduced here are ten Japanese drinks that will bring coolness to your summer.
CHOYA Tokyo-Q Mule

CHOYA Tokyo-Q Mule

CHOYA Tokyo-Q Mule is a simple umeshu based cocktail with big flavor. Umeshu is a traditional Japanese liquor made with ume fruit that is very refreshing, with the perfect balance of tangy and sweet. Mix umeshu and Q Ginger Beer, a spicy, all-natural soda with invigorating bubbles, in a Collins glass with some ice. Top it off with a splash of lime, and it will uplift your spirit with the flavor that is sweet, tart, spicy and refreshing all in one.

Choya Umeshu USA Inc.
www.choya.com

CHOYA Yuzusshu

CHOYA Yuzusshu

Yuzusshu is the first non-alcoholic yuzu flavored sparkling sake in the U.S. Yuzu is a citrus that grows in Japan, and its flavor is similar to grapefruit with definite overtones of mandarin orange. Made without any flavor enhancer or preservatives, Yuzusshu captures the fresh and lively flavor of yuzu. Its uplifting flavor with a clean finish and a pleasant fizz will make it an excellent alternative to a regular yuzu sake or beer to go along with your meal.

Choya Umeshu USA Inc.
www.choya.com

GASANRYU Kisaragi

GASANRYU Kisaragi

GASANRYU Kisaragi is a medium dry daiginjo sake characterized by a gorgeous aroma and a light, clean flavor. Serve it cold to enjoy its fruity aroma reminiscent of melon, pear, and peach. It goes well with a wide variety of dishes and pairs wonderfully with minimally seasoned dishes such as sushi, sashimi and chicken. Pour it in a glass that is cooling to the eyes, and it will make a perfect companion for your meal during the hot summer months.

Shindo Sake Brewery Co., Ltd.
www.kurouzaemon.com/en

GEKKEIKAN ZIPANG

GEKKEIKAN ZIPANG

Bright and lively with a hint of tropical fruits, ZIPANG is a naturally carbonated sparkling sake with low alcohol content. Its refreshing flavor and clean finish is wonderful with light appetizers. It also compliments spicy food well with its medium bodied sweetness. Serve it chilled and it is delicious on its own, but try it as a Mimosa with freshly squeezed orange juice or a Bellini with peach nectar for a delightful summer time treat.

Gekkeikan Sake Co., Ltd.
www.gekkeikan-sake.com

GINJO-SHU azure TOSATSURU

GINJO-SHU azure TOSATSURU

Azure is a ginjo sake made with deep sea spring water from off the shore of the local Muroto cape. This water has traveled for two thousand years beneath the deep ocean floor and is well-balanced in mineral content. It is dry and smooth with a refreshingly clean aftertaste and pairs wonderfully with a wide variety of dishes. Serving it chilled, straight up is the best way to savor its clean, well-balanced flavor, but try it on the rocks to enjoy its beautiful smoothness.

TOSATSURU SAKE BREWING CO., LTD.
www.tosatsuru.co.jp

KOSHUJIKOMI UMESHU

KOSHUJIKOMI UMESHU

One of the finest plums in Japan, Nankoubai plums from the Kishu region are used to create Koshujikomi Umeshu. These plums are infused with a smooth junmai sake matured for 3 years, and the sweetness and the depth of flavor in this sake complements the acidity of the plums harmoniously. Citric acids in plums are known to help relieve fatigue and increase appetite, so try it as an aperitif in the summer or enjoy it frozen as a sherbet.

SAWANOTSURU CO., LTD
www.sawanotsuru.co.jp/site | instagram facebook @sawanotsuru

LENTO

LENTO

Lento is a shochu aged by the “onkyo jukusei” (acoustic aging) method, in a cellar with the sound of classical music, for three months. The result is a round aroma and clean flavor, which goes well with a wide variety of cuisines. Its light flavor with an underlying sweetness makes it a great cocktail base for Cosmopolitans and Martinis, but if your palate calls for something simple, mix it up with orange or grapefruit juice to make it a versatile summer drink.

Amami Oshima Kaiun Brewing Corp.
www.lent.co.jp | instagram facebook @kaiun.lento

MIO SPARKLING SAKE

MIO SPARKLING SAKE

Crisp and sweet with a hint of apple and pear, MIO is a sparkling sake crafted in the traditional brewing style, using nothing but Japanese rice, koji and water. The Japanese character “Mio” symbolizes the white foam that trails behind a ship, and this refreshing sparkling sake with gentle bubbles is sure to brighten up any festive occasion. It also comes in an elegant blue bottle designed to give a cooling impression. Enjoy it chilled with appetizers or dessert.

Takara Sake USA Inc.
www.takarasake.com

SAPPORO PREMIUM LIGHT

SAPPORO PREMIUM LIGHT

The #1 selling Asian beer brand in the United States, Sapporo, combined German-style brewing and Japanese craftsmanship to create their signature beer. Brewed with select aroma hops, Sapporo Premium Light has a light body and an elegant, smooth finish. This beer is low in calories but packs a great, well-balanced flavor inherited from Sapporo Premium. With a low alcohol content at 3.9%, it is a perfect beer to quench your thirst on hot summer days.

SAPPORO U.S.A., Inc.
www.sapporobeer.com

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YUKI Nigor(i White Peach)

In the old days, Japanese people used to drink amazake, a sweet drink made from fermented rice, to combat summer time fatigue. Nigori sake is very similar to amazake in nutritious value and can be enjoyed in a similar way. Yuki nigori is a flavored nigori sake with a mellow, smooth body and an uplifting, sweet aroma of white peach. Serve it chilled, and it is great as an aperitif or a dessert drink in the summer time. Lychee and Coffee flavors are also available.

Takara Sake USA Inc.
www.takarasake.com

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