How should shochu be drunk?
Is there a 'right way'?
Yes. But you can drink shochu straight, with mixers, or 'on the rocks'. It's your choice.
The traditional method however, is to drink shochu with 'o-yu' (お湯) which simply means hot water.
We recommend pure, distilled water brought to the boil and then allowed to cool to 72°~73°C (around 162°F).
Pour some of the hot water into your favourite tumbler, to warm the glass and ensure the glass is clean.
Empty out this water, and refill the glass between ½ ~ ¾ full with fresh, hot water.
Now, slowly fill the glass to the top with your favourite Satoh shochu. There's no need to stir.
Sit back and enjoy!
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