We present you 10 popular Japanese cocktails served in japanese bars izakaya ! These cocktails are also consumed during some events such as the new year in Japan or during Japanese festivals called “matsuri”.
- 1- Japanese Whisky Highball “Haibōru” ハイボール
- 2- ChuHai チューハイ
- 3- Matcha-hai or matcha Higball 抹茶ハイ
- 4. Sake Bomb
- 5. Tamagozake 卵酒
- 6. The Kamikaze 神風
- 7. Calpis Sour Chuhai
- 8. Umetini
- 9. Umeshu Mojito
- 10. Red eye
1- Japanese highball whisky “Haibōru” ハイボール
Highballs are basically spirits mixed with soda and can be found all over the world. But what makes the Japanese highball unique is its use of japanese whisky and the way Japanese bartenders prepare this cocktail.
Indeed, it involves very rigorous steps that have almost been elevated to an art form.
The best bartenders use a cube of raw ice that they carve with a precision that demonstrates great mastery. The gesture is sure and the performance truly impressive.
2- ChuHai チューハイ
Indeed, this Japanese cocktail is originally made with shochu (a Japanese liquor made from rice, barley, sweet potatoes, buckwheat or brown sugar) and carbonated water.
In Chuhai you will always have the same amount of shochu and fruit juice.
Nowadays, shochu is sometimes replaced by vodka to make a stronger cocktail, and combinations usually include various types of carbonated water flavored with lemon juice, lemonade or syrups yuzu or syrups.
3- Matcha-hai or matcha Higball 抹茶ハイ
The matcha hai or matcha highball is the perfect union between two drinks that the Japanese love: matcha green tea and Japanese whiskey.
This delicious cocktail was inevitable! It’s an original and very refreshing drink.
fresh lemon juice
4. Sake Bomb
Indeed, you have to put a small glass of sake on top of a beer pint balanced on japanese chopsticks.
Then you have to tap the table with your fist to make the small glass of sake fall into the beer. You have to drink it immediately.
Before drinking, we shout : 1,2,3 saké bomb ! In Japanese it would be: “ichi, ni, san, saké bomb!
5. The Tamagozake 卵酒
In Japan, tamagozake was traditionally used as a remedy for the common cold, and although there is no medical evidence of its effectiveness, at least it kept consumers warm at night.
Compared to other cocktails on this list, tamagozake is a very nutritious Japanese cocktail.
and lemon slice
7. Calpis Sour Chuhai
Calpis Sour Chuhai is a variation of the regular chu-hai. It is a cocktail for those who like the milky drink of the brand Calpis. It is basically shochu with Calpis, a popular Japanese soft drink.
A Japanese touch to the classic martini. This cocktail uses umeshu, a Japanese plum liqueur. Theumeshu is a sweet and sour spirit that is an excellent substitute for the vermouth with which martinis are usually made.
9. Umeshu Mojito
The umeshu mojito is a fruity and tropical explosion that will delight your taste buds. L’umeshu adds a fruity taste to the cocktail.
This Japanese variant of the mojito is really refreshing. With Yuzu it’s even better!
Light Japanese beer
Whisky highball, Chu-hai and matcha-hai also exist in can version, you can find them in Japan in supermarkets and also in beverage dispensers.
Of all these cocktails, our preference goes to the umeshu mojito with Yuzu. It’s fresh, fragrant and not too strong! And yours?