Shochu - The Japanese vodka

Or is it? People often refer to shochu as Japan's version of vodka, which can be understood as shochu is often brewed from barley and potato. Shochu also has a higher alcohol content when compared with sake, however, it is only around 25% to 45% proof, where vodka has a alcohol content of around 80%! Another similarity to vodka, shochu is also a clear liquor which works great in cocktails, with a mixer or on the rocks.

There are many different types of shochu made from different ingredients but the more common types are:


The more uncommon types include: