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Yuzu Chuhai (Yuzu Sour)

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: japanese alcohol, shochu
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: Nami
Chuhai (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. 


  • ½ cup club soda (soda water)
  • ¼ cup shochu (brand or type doesn’t really matter)
  • 1 Tbsp simple syrup
  • 1 tsp . yuzu juice/yuzu extract (see picture below)
  • Ice cubes
  • 1-2 Tbsp Korean Citron Tea (Yuja Cha) (optional)
  • Lime (or lemon slices, for garnish, optional)

Simple Syrup:

  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ 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.
    Yuzu Chuhai 1

Recipe Notes

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