▶ Shochu is a Japanese vodka made from rice, barley or rye. Sake is fermented, but shochu is distilled. Some brands are also made from sweet potato, unrefined sugar or corn.
▶ Shochu has an alcohol content of about 25 (twenty-five) to 45% (forty-five percent). It is normally mixed with hot or cold water. The production process is similar to that of vodka. The Kyushu region is famous for making shochu.
▶ Shochu goes well with many other drinks, so it can be enjoyed as a cocktail. A popular cocktail called chuhai is shochu mixed with soda water. Shochu is also good with fruit juices.