Chuhai

Shochu Cocktail

Invented in the 1940s, the popular drink chuhai derives its name from an abbreviation of gshochu highballh. In the lean post-war years, the average person could not afford the mix of whisky and soda in a highball, and so shochu was used as a more affordable alternative, often flavoured with grape or plum. There is now a huge range of chuhai available, mixed with everything from soft drinks to green tea. Often sold in cans, chuhai is popular for its relatively low alcohol content.