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Yuzu Chuhai | Yuzu Sour | Japanese Yuzu Cocktail

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This coming Wednesday, July 4th is the United State’s Independence Day.  It’s a day of celebration, with great barbecue food and drinks, and watching fireworks.  Since I don’t like the taste of beer, I’ve decided to share one of my favorite Japanese alcoholic beverage called chuhai for other non-beer drinkers to celebrate this  holiday.  I enjoy all kinds of fruity chuhai and this particular chuhai has Japanese citrus fruit yuzu juice in it and it’s very refreshing!

Yuzu Chuhai (Yuzu Cocktail) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.comChuhai (チューハイ, 酎ハイ) is a cocktail containing the Japanese alcohol called shochu (焼酎), soda, and any kind of fruit juice.  In Tokyo area we sometimes call it Sour (サワー)  instead of chuhai.  This cocktail is very popular in Japan, commonly served in izakaya-style restaurants and restaurants that cater to Japanese salary workers.  Have you tried shochu or chuhai/sour before?

If you are curious about this chuhai recipe or want to know more about this Japanese cocktail, please find my full post about it on Ang Sarap today.  You might remember Ang Sarap because the blogger Raymund shared his delicious Kare Kare (the popular Filipino dish) recipe on my blog while I was in Japan last April.   He has numerous recipes in various cuisines on his blog and I’m sure you will find some recipes you want to try for this week’s meals!  Please click HERE to see the post.  I hope you enjoy the drink and Happy July 4th!

Yuzu Chuhai (Yuzu Cocktail) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

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Yuzu Chuhai (Yuzu Sour)
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Serves: 1
  • ½ cup club soda (soda water)
  • ¼ cup shochu (brand or type doesn’t really matter)
  • 1 Tbsp. simple syrup
  • 1 tsp. yuzu juice (see picture below)
  • Ice cubes
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Korean Citron Tea (Yuja Cha) (optional)
  • Lime/lemon slices for garnish (optional)
Simple Syrup (enough for 2 drinks)
  • 1 part (1/4 cup) water
  • 2 parts (1/2 cup) sugar
  1. Combine club soda, shochu, simple syrup, and yuzu extract in a glass and mix well.
  2. Add ice cube and Korean Citron Tea (optional) and mix well.
  3. Garnish with lime or lemon, and serve immediately.
  4. For Simple Syrup, bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan. Dissolve the sugar into the boiling water, stirring constantly. Once the sugar is dissolved completely, remove from heat and let cool completely and thicken.
Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.
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  • Raymund July 2, 2012, 12:28 am

    Thanks for this one Nami, its truly a pleasure to have you

  • Katia July 2, 2012, 1:08 am

    This is my kind of cocktail: alchoolic, fruity and refreshing… just love it!
    Happy Indipendance day celebration : )

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover July 2, 2012, 1:12 am

    I have never had Chuhai before, but i know i will love this cool drink especially good for our weather here..

  • Medeja July 2, 2012, 1:25 am

    How does shochu taste?

  • Mel July 2, 2012, 1:38 am

    A refreshing drink you have made. Just the right thirst quencher for our weather here!

  • Choc Chip Uru July 2, 2012, 3:42 am

    This cocktail sounds perfect for refreshing :)
    A lovely presentation and wonderful drink!

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Jenny July 2, 2012, 3:51 am

    lovely inviting pics, Nami! Not the weather to have it here today, though, a real rainy London day.

  • Sandra July 2, 2012, 4:10 am

    It looks refreshing, headed over for the recipe.

  • Ramona July 2, 2012, 4:19 am

    Woohoo… Nami! Looks like you’re ready to party with this refreshing drink. I don’t drink beer either… never have. Have a wonderful 4th!! ~ Ramona

  • Anna @The Littlest Anchovy July 2, 2012, 4:27 am

    Nami this looks so lovely and refreshing! I have never tried shochu or chuhai but i love the taste of yuzu. I will look out for the recipe!

  • Blackswan July 2, 2012, 4:34 am

    I enjoy Shochu but this is something new for me. It looks refreshing but will the shochu makes me burn inside?? Heehee

  • Rosa July 2, 2012, 4:44 am

    What a gorgeous drink! So refreshing. The pictures are wonderful too.



  • Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef July 2, 2012, 4:44 am

    I’ve never had this before but I’m off to Raymond’s to learn more! It looks beautiful.

  • Nandita July 2, 2012, 4:49 am

    Gosh Nami!!! This certainly does look refreshing. Lovely presentation and photography as usual :)

  • Esther July 2, 2012, 4:54 am

    Sunds perfect for hot malaysian weather. Thanks for sharing this, i also dont like beer but i enjoy mild alchoholic fruity drinks. Must try this out.

  • Belinda @zomppa July 2, 2012, 6:30 am

    This would be a nice way to celebrate!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 2, 2012, 8:00 am

    Perfect drink for the 4th! Hope you and your family have a nice celebration! :)

  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen July 2, 2012, 8:06 am

    What a refreshing drink. I love this, Nami and thank you for sharing it. Did you know that “Ang Sarap” means “It’s delicious!” ? Have a very “ang sarap” week :-)

  • bakerbynature July 2, 2012, 8:42 am

    This is utterly gorgeous, Nami!! As always.

  • Rhonda (@diningalone) July 2, 2012, 8:44 am

    That looks so refreshing! We have some seriously hot days in Arizona and this would be delicious.

  • Jill @ MadaboutMacarons July 2, 2012, 9:09 am

    Nami, I have never tried this drink before and after going crazy with yuzu in baking recently, I’d love to try this! Cheers to you and enjoy 4th July celebrations.

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet July 2, 2012, 9:17 am

    Looks perfect for hot days like today!

  • Sissi July 2, 2012, 10:19 am

    Nami, this is brilliant! You know what a big fan of shuchu I am! It’s such a magical sophisticated product… I have had it at least once a week since I discovered it. (By the way thank you so much for the kind mention and link on Angsarap!). I usually have just shochu with some sparkling water and a slice of lime and ice or simply a strong version: shochu without water, only with ice and a slice of lime. I have never thought of using the yuzu juice, but since I can buy it here (I haven’t seen fresh yuzu fruit for more than a year though….), you bet it will be my first weekend drink next Friday! Thank you so much for this excellent idea and Kanpai!

  • Allison July 2, 2012, 10:55 am

    Yum! I used to live in Japan and I didn’t drink chuhais that often, but I LOVE yuzu. I’ve had trouble finding yuzu in the states, even in southern California where there are plenty of citrus trees, but if I find any this summer, this will be the first recipe I try. Thank you!

  • kat July 2, 2012, 11:01 am

    love chuhai, but did you know that in kanto area they call them sours?! I didn’t know this until I saw “kenmin show”. :)

  • A_Boleyn July 2, 2012, 11:49 am

    It does look wonderfully cool, tart and refreshing.

  • mycookinghut July 2, 2012, 12:07 pm

    Looks so refreshing! I think I will love it as I love Yuzu!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious July 2, 2012, 12:24 pm

    How refreshing! Will definitely be sipping on this on Wednesday!

  • Cucina49 July 2, 2012, 12:42 pm

    As a non beer drinker, this looks like it’s right up my alley! Will check out your post on the other site.

  • Juliana July 2, 2012, 12:54 pm

    Nami, this drink sounds perfect for the July 4th celebration!
    Happy 4th of July!

  • Marta @ What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today? July 2, 2012, 4:23 pm

    I’m going to visit my friends in Amsterdam and London next week and this will be my drink. Interesting and sounds refreshing :) I’m waiting for the recipe.

  • Mi Vida en un Dulce July 2, 2012, 4:47 pm

    This cocktail looks so fresh, ideal for summer. Tonight is quite cold here, as we are in winter, but a noon it was sunny and warm, perfect for this drink, ok, I was at the office, so maybe not a good idea…

  • Kelly @ Inspired Edibles July 2, 2012, 6:45 pm

    Beautiful! Heading on over to see the details of your guest post…

  • Yi @ Yi Resevation July 2, 2012, 8:29 pm

    I know NYC is not the hottest place in the States but this summer has been brutal so far. this light and citrous cocktail sounds like exactly what I want after a long day of work. Heading over to the recipe now. Thanks!

  • Eha July 2, 2012, 8:40 pm

    Happy Independence Day to you and your family – hope you have smiles from morning to night! And enjoy the drink :) !

  • Baker Street July 2, 2012, 11:49 pm

    I’m not a big fan of beer either and chuhai sounds right up my alley! Will come back to check on the recipe tomorrow! :)

  • [email protected] July 3, 2012, 12:09 am

    I don’t drink! But I am sure I will love the flavour of yuzu!!

  • Charles July 3, 2012, 1:17 am

    Chuhai… I never heard of it before, I’m sure I’ve had shochu though, although I can’t remember it at all. Does it have a slightly fruity, light taste or am I thinking of something else completely?

    It looks like a deliciously cooling, refreshing drink. I love the photo… it looks so tall and frosty :)

  • Fern @ To Food with Love July 3, 2012, 4:44 am

    Wow….that drink looks absolutely stunning! I feel thirsty just looking at it! :)

  • Asmita July 3, 2012, 4:54 am

    I have never tried this drink before but would love to make it for my next party. It looks so refreshing.
    Nami, your presentation and photography always blow me away. Just brilliant!!!

  • Soni July 3, 2012, 5:56 am

    Such a lovely refreshing drink for this season and a great alternative to the usual beer :)Love it !!!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella July 3, 2012, 6:06 am

    Nami, you’re going to laugh but we went to a Japanese restaurant tonight and we were talking about chuhai and here you have it!! Yuzu is one of my favourite flavours too :)

  • Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) July 3, 2012, 7:27 am

    Light and refreshing, a great summer drink!

  • gloria July 3, 2012, 8:45 am

    Love this I wanna try Nami, never I try before a Japanese drink! LOL

  • love2dine July 3, 2012, 9:22 am

    i must try that … it sure looks refreshing.

  • Kelly July 3, 2012, 9:25 am

    Ooo I always love a good cocktail, these look fabulous and perfect for summer! :)

  • Reese@SeasonwithSpice July 3, 2012, 10:02 am

    Refreshing citrusy drinks are always my choice! Since I now know where to hunt a bottle of yuzu juice, I’ll sure to try it out. Wishing you and your family a fun holiday tomorrow!

  • Reem | Simply Reem July 3, 2012, 10:53 am

    This looks so refreshing!!
    Nami, I ma loving the turquoise /blue tones in the photography… You know my obsession with this color right!!
    Love it gal!

  • Katerina July 3, 2012, 12:41 pm

    I don’t drink beer either Nami. But this one I would gladly drink it! Very refreshing!

  • The Squishy Monster July 3, 2012, 4:12 pm

    If I drank, this is what I’d drink. I love the flavor of yuzu…this is a beautiful drink, my friend =D

  • Liz July 3, 2012, 4:52 pm

    So much better than beer! Looks delish and refreshing, Nami…perfect for the 4th!

  • kitchenriffs July 3, 2012, 6:49 pm

    Oh, a new cocktail! Love it. Off to Raymund’s to check it out. Nice pictures, too.

  • Valerie Brunmeier July 3, 2012, 9:58 pm

    I know I would love this drink. So light, crisp, and refreshing. Yummy Nami!

  • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake July 3, 2012, 10:47 pm

    Happy 4th of July! :D I loveddd yuzu flavoured anything when I was in Japan, from yuzu sake to yuzu dressings to yuzu flavoured lip gloss and hand soap…it’s such a beautiful flavour. :D I would love to try some of your chuhai, I ordered this at an izakaya when I was in Tokyo. It’s addictive!

  • amy @ uTryIt July 3, 2012, 11:12 pm

    What a refreshing drink! You probably know how much I adore Yuzu! :) And the Korean Citron Tea is also one of my favorite when I need a quick refreshing drink.

    Wish you and your family a wonderful 4th of July.

  • Sammie July 4, 2012, 3:21 am

    Looooove your drink recipe Nami!! Never knew much about Japanese alcohol (or any alcohol in general) but this looks really great! And I really need to know your secret behind your beautiful photography!! Your pictures are just gorgeous, I don’t know how you do it!! Anyway, Happy 4th of July!!

  • Quay Po Cooks July 4, 2012, 3:39 am

    A nice drink to celebrate 4 July! Thanks Nami.

  • Joanne July 4, 2012, 5:41 am

    I’ve heard a lot about yuzu recently but have yet to try it! This cocktail sounds so refreshing!

  • wok with ray July 4, 2012, 7:55 am

    This looks like a very refreshing drink. I’m glad to see you at Raymund’s site, Nami. Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July, Nami! :)

  • yummychunklet July 4, 2012, 8:27 am

    It is scorching here in Chicago, so I’m so down with this refreshing drink!

  • DB-The Foodie Stuntman July 4, 2012, 8:50 am

    Happy Independence Day!

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking July 4, 2012, 9:29 am

    Refreshing!!!!! Looks really good Nami. I wish you happy and safe 4th, enjoy with your family and friends.

  • cheapethniceatz July 4, 2012, 10:40 am

    Happy 4th to you and what a great cocktail to cheer with. I guess I could substitute with Korean soju? Ha a vegan restaurant in Montreal is called chuhai.

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen July 4, 2012, 1:59 pm

    Perfect, I’m not a beer drinker either, but I’ll take a nice cocktail like this any day!

  • Jennifer (Delicieux) July 4, 2012, 5:11 pm

    What a gorgeous and refreshing cocktail Nami. Happy 4th of July!

  • ChopinandMysaucepan July 4, 2012, 5:41 pm

    Dear Nami,

    I love some of those Japanese sour plum drinks and I can imagine this drink would be nice and refreshing in summer. Have a nice ID and happy holiday!

  • Happy When Not Hungry July 4, 2012, 6:55 pm

    Wow this drink looks so refreshing and amazing!

  • Terra July 4, 2012, 8:46 pm

    Your drink sounds really refreshing, it definitely would be perfect during the Summer heat:-) Hugs, Terra

  • Carolyn July 5, 2012, 3:55 am

    Looks delicious and refreshing. I definitely haven’t tried it before but I would love to!

  • Kankana July 5, 2012, 12:15 pm

    That would be perfect for any warm day. Love a clear and crisp drink any time :)

  • Lisa (AuthenticSuburbanGourmet) July 5, 2012, 2:12 pm

    Loving this drink! It is beautiful and interesting. Hope your 4th was a great day!!!

  • Alyssa July 5, 2012, 10:38 pm

    I do like beer, but I enjoy a good cocktail too. I asked my husband if he’d ever had shochu when he lived in Japan and he said he had and really liked it. I’m sure with the limited amount of alcohol available here that I couldn’t find it, but I would really like to try this, it looks wonderful and refreshing! I love your photos too, so summery!

  • Patty July 6, 2012, 7:18 am

    Beautiful looking drink-perfect for outdoor celebrating in warm weather;-) I’m always learning something new here Nami! Another recipe from you that I would love to try;-)

  • Lori Lynn July 6, 2012, 8:12 am

    I know I would love this, keeping this recipe for when the fresh fruits are ready.
    Adore the soothing blue color palette in these photos!

  • elisabeth@foodandthriftfinds July 6, 2012, 9:52 am

    Nami, this is such a wonderful and refreshing drink…perfect for such hot summer days!
    Would love to try this. Love the pretty photos, as well:D

  • Carolyn Jung July 6, 2012, 5:42 pm

    That looks beyond refreshing. Hope you had a fabulous, fireworks-filled Fourth! ;)

  • Magic of Spice July 7, 2012, 2:05 pm

    I just love your first photo…beautiful! And this sounds like a delightful cocktail, will go check out your guest spot :)

  • Food Jaunts July 7, 2012, 5:25 pm

    I’m with you in not being a big fan of beer. Give me a fruity refreshing cocktail any day.

  • melissa@the hungry artist July 7, 2012, 7:06 pm

    I love Shochu! I haven’t had this kind of drink in years –I think the last time was 20 years when I was in Japan! Thanks for posting this. I have to make it the next time there is a special occasion at hand!

  • Lyndsey @ The Tiny Skillet July 9, 2012, 7:32 am

    Nami, this sounds wonderful and looks so refreshing! I am one of the non beer drinker too. I would love to try this Japanese cocktail! I usually will bring some bottles of cider because it’s easy to bring to a party like beer is. Plus at the beer pub where we go on Wednesday evening they sponser a 5k run and everyone drinks beer on tap, from these micro breweries from all over….I can still get some hard cider on tap right along with every one. Okay off topic here…great drink you brought for us today! :) Yes, I’m a little late!

  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie July 9, 2012, 2:49 pm

    Hi Nami,
    This is exactly what I need to cool off. I love all the citrus flavors in the drink. Thanks for sharing and yet again for introducing me to something new.

  • Alessandra July 20, 2012, 3:33 am

    Yum! I love it, and like the pic too, pinned!


  • Heide M. March 19, 2014, 6:28 pm

    Wish I had a sip of your cocktail, sounds wonderful.