Ume Iichiko Shochu

Naturally, I am much more of a beer and wine drinker, but I can also appreciate a good spirit every now and then!

Over here in the States, Japanese sake takes the limelight so not many people know about other types of Japanese spirits, but they do exist.  Like this simple and easy Ume Shochu cocktail!

Shochu is a barley distilled spirit that has no carbs.  It tastes similar to vodka but has a sweeter profile. The brand I drink is called iichiko but there are many different brands available.

Ume Iichiko Shochu served in a whiskey glass side angle

And as with most spirits, you can prepare it many different ways.  Some people drink it neat, on rocks, split with hot water, but I prefer just adding an umeboshi inside the drink which creates a nice tartness to balance the natural sweetness of shochu.

Preparing this is super easy, so even after 2, 3, 4, 5 drinks, you can’t mess it up!  The only thing you will need is shochu, a glass, and umeboshi.

Ume iichiko shochu in whiskey glassware with a ume Japanese pickled plum on the bottom next to otsumami and bottle of iichiko shochu.

If you do not have access to umeboshi, you can try this paste that should work (just add a small squeeze of it).  A quick note, umeboshi comes in different types which mainly are original, shiso, or sweet (honey).

You can use whichever you like, but I personally prefer shiso for this mix.

Ume iichiko shochu in whiskey glassware with a ume Japanese pickled plum on the bottom

Now, let’s get started enjoying some Ume Iichiko Shochu!

  • Prepping Time 1M
  • Total Time 1M
  • Net Carb/Serv 0g
  • Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Shochu
  • 1 Umeboshi

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

Ume Iichiko Shochu REcipe (1)

2) Pour shochu in a cup.

Ume Iichiko Shochu REcipe (2)

3) Add umeboshi inside.

Ume Iichiko Shochu REcipe (3)

Hope you enjoy your Ume Iichiko Shochu!

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Ume Iichiko Shochu served in a whiskey glass side angle.

Ume Iichiko Shochu

A classic Japanese cocktail, refreshing and a change from your Western spirits. Perfectly pairs with many Asian dinners. Net Carb/Serv 0g
5 from 2 votes
Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: iichiko, Japanese cocktails, Japanese spirits
Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Print Recipe
Calories: 40kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Shochu
  • 1 Whole Umeboshi

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ume Iichiko Shochu REcipe (1)
  • Pour shochu in a cup.
    Ume Iichiko Shochu REcipe (2)
  • Add umeboshi inside.
    Ume Iichiko Shochu REcipe (3)

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 40kcal
*Values Based Per Serving
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