Farewell Summer Cocktail – Japanese Shochu with Pineapple and Lime

The last day of summer is upon us and while the weather has been getting colder and my shorts are being packed away, why not enjoy one last summer cocktail?

So I decided to spend tonight in celebration to bid Adieu! I used a Japanese Shochu called iichiko. Shochu is a Japanese spirit distilled from barley, sweet potatoes or rice. It has a very clean and refreshing flavor, but use vodka if you can’t find it. I combined lime and pineapple juice, adding in a few drops of Angostura Bitters for a more “bittersweet” experience. Pair with crispy salmon and say farewell to summer and hello to fall!

Pineapple and Lime Cocktail Recipe

  • 1/2 cup shochu (iichiko brand), or vodka
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • angostura bitters, to taste
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • plenty of ice

    Split between two glasses, pour shochu (or vodka) over ice and sugar. Mix sugar to dissolve. Pour in a few drops of angostura bitters, pineapple and lime juice. Stir and enjoy! To garnish, add some pineapple chunks and slices of lime.

    Total Time: 10 minutes
    Yield: 2 servings
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    2 Responses to “Farewell Summer Cocktail – Japanese Shochu with Pineapple and Lime”

    1. Peggy September 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

      I’ll have to me on the lookout for that shochu – sounds really interesting!

      • Barb September 21, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

        Thanks Peggy! Shochu is great, also tastes nice on its own with some ice and lemon juice

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