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!

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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.
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  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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…

  6. 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!

  7. Eha

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

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

  9. 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 :)

  10. 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!!!

  11. Happy 4th of July! 😀 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. 😀 I would love to try some of your chuhai, I ordered this at an izakaya when I was in Tokyo. It’s addictive!

  12. 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.

  13. 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!!

  14. 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!

  15. 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;-)

  16. Yum!
    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!

  17. 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!