Japanese drinks are not just about tea or Sake. There are so many more! In fact, I was so overwhelmed by the abundance of Japanese beverage lists as they are so unique and surprising. Therefore, I have compiled this drinking list to show you their amazingness.
Japan seems to be the best place in the world with a lot of exotic drinks besides delicious Japanese dishes. Regardless of your age, you can easily find various options to enjoy, from groceries to the supermarket, from the restaurant to vending machines on the street side.
So if you are planning to visit Japan, you should save this list to ensure you can experience them all when you are in this beautiful country. Even if you already have visited there, let’s count how many of them you tried and tell me your first impression later.
Wait no further; keep scrolling down the page to explore the paradise of beverages with popular and delicious Japanese drinks. I am sure you will be impressed with them.
Table of Contents
- Sit Down And Enjoy A Cup of Tea In The Japanese Drink List
- 9 Popular Soft Drink and Sweet Japanese Drinks Without Alcohol
- Top 9 Alcoholic Drinks In Japan To Explore
- And Other Surprising Japanese Drinks That You Should Not Miss
- Let’s Prepare A Perfect Cup Of Matcha!
- What Are Your Favorite Japanese Beverages?
Sit Down And Enjoy A Cup of Tea In The Japanese Drink List
Do you ever curious why the Japanese drink a lot of tea? Indeed, tea is the most consumed drink in Japan because the natives believe tea can increase their health with its curative properties.
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Therefore, tea is not only a pleasant drink to enjoy for the Japanese; it can be seen as the greatest way to live healthier. So here is the list of 7 classic tea in this country.
You might assume Matcha is a Japanese-authentic drink because of its huge popularity in Japan, but this is not the case. In fact, China is the true origin of this green tea. In the Tang dynasty, they started making tea powder and preparing a hot beverage with it.
Until 1191, Zen Buddhism brought Matcha to Japan, and they became the favorite drink of the upper classes. Today, Matcha is not only a healthy drink; people also use it to dye or flavor foods, like in many Japanese crepe cooking ideas with a nice bright green color.
However, the preparation for a cup of Matcha is an art, requires many skills and practice to perform it right. There are 2 popular ways to do that, which are Usucha (thin tea) and Koicha (thick tea). The natives will use a chasen – a bamboo whisk to whisk and create an even consistency.
The health benefits of Matcha are another reason why the Japanese love this drink. They are a rich source of antioxidants that can promote heart, brain health. It can also prevent cancer with a high amount of catechin.
Location: The most famous Matcha production is in Uji (Kyoto) and Nishio (Aichi); however, they are widely consumed throughout Japan.
What is Matcha and its story? Check here for more information.
This is a simple herbal tea with 2 main ingredients of Sakurayu, including boiled water and cherry blossom petals. People harvest the flowers from middle to late Spring, then pickle the petals in a salt and plum vinegar mixture.
The product, after that, is dried so it can be stored or sealed in the package for commercial selling. Preparing a nice cup of cherry blossom tea is not difficult. You just have to sprinkle the petals into a hot-water cup, then the petals eventually unfurl and float.
In Japan, they usually serve it on big events like marriage. This tea started in the Edo era in Hadano city in Kanagawa Prefecture. Today, Sakurayu is well-loved, thanks to its lightly sweet and mild salty taste. You can also feel the floral and plum aftertaste.
Location: Hadano city in Kanagawa Prefecture, with 80% Sakurayu production.
This instruction will show you the proper way to enjoy a cup of Sakurayu.
3. Uroncha (Oolong Tea)
If you are looking for a tea that is somewhere between green tea and black tea, Uroncha is the ultimate answer. Uroncha is a Japanese word for oolong tea. And similar to Matcha, this kind of beverage is also a good source of health benefits.
You can boost your metabolism and improve mental, skin, and hair health by drinking this tea. It is also good for blood sugar and supports the digestion process. That’s why natives drink Uroncha between other beverages at the izakaya – Japanese-style bars, to ease their stomachs.
Moreover, Uroncha’s flavor is different from other tea. The floral taste of Urocha is strong thanks to the oxidation properties. They can come in different forms, such as dried tea leaf so you can prepare it at home or in commercial beverage bottles that you can buy in convenience stores.
Location: You can find them in many supermarkets, groceries, or restaurants.
4. Kombu-cha (Kelp Tea)
Kombu-cha is not a tea from a tea plant. Besides, Kombu-cha refers to kelp tea as they are a kind of drink made from sliced or ground kombu seaweed (kelp) and hot water. Their flavor is quite salty and umami. As they have no caffeine, you can enjoy it before bedtime.
Kombu is a significant ingredient in Japanese cuisine. They use it to create many delicious dishes or enjoy it as a quick snack. And Kombu-cha is another good example to show the versatility of this ingredient.
Additionally, kelp tea is one of many ideal replacements for dashi – a based-stock in Japan. On the other hand, this is also a widely-used drink in East Asia. You can find them under other names, like Dasima-cha in Korea, or Haidai-cha in China.
Location: Across Japan, particularly in stores, supermarkets, or restaurants.
Do not mistake Japanese Kombu-cha and Western Kombucha. They are 2 different things.
Mugicha is a famous Japanese roasted barley tea with light bitterness and toasty hints. Some people think they have a similar flavor of coffee, and there is no caffeine in Mugicha.
And as they are non-caffeine drinks, barley tea is safe for all ages, even children. Plus, they are mostly enjoyed in unsweetened form so that they can be a better choice for your health compared to other sugary beverages.
Regarding its origin, the Japanese started to drink this tea from the Heian period (from 794 to 1185). it was the best drink for militaries. Until the Meiji period (1868-1912), people sold this drink in many tea shops, spreading their popularity even more.
This is also a favorite drink in Korea, China, Taiwan, and other East Asian countries. In Japan, Mugicha is best served cold, making it an excellent beverage on hot days. However, you can buy it in cold or hot form in Korea.
Location: You can buy them in tea bags or bottled tea in any supermarkets, convenient stores, or vending machines in Japan.
Genmaicha is a perfect combination of green tea and roasted brown rice. Genmai is a loved tea to go along with healthy Japanese breakfasts. And thanks to brown rice components, it can balance the bitterness of tea to make them more enjoyable.
The story behind this tea is interesting yet quite cruel. People claim that Genmaicha was made from an accident when a samurai’s servant accidentally dropped some roasted rice grains into the samurai’s cup of tea.
The samurai found out that the rice had upgraded the overall tea flavor when he drank this tea. But as the samurai had already killed the servant because of this mistake, he felt so regret that he decided to name the tea after the servant’s name, Genmai.
Overall, you will love the nutty, toasty, earthy flavors and light yellow color of this drink. It can make your stomach feel better. Its other name is Popcorn tea due to the popped grain when roasting brown rice.
Location: As it is popular throughout the country, you can buy them anywhere.
Let’s prepare Genmaicha after checking this review.
The last tea – Royal milk tea, is also a drink that plays an important role in the Japanese’s lives. You can easily spot them in any restaurants or supermarkets, even vending machines in the country.
The origin of this beverage can trace back to Japan from 1965 when the Lipton tea company introduced the “Royal recipe” series. And it has started to become popular ever since.
The ingredients of Royal milk tea are simple. They are milk, sugar, and of course, black tea (like Assam or Darjeeling tea leaves). However, you should note that the biggest distinction between this milk tea and other typical milk tea is the milk-water ratio.
In Royal milk tea, the milk ratio is higher than water to create a creamier and richer texture. You can enjoy either cold or hot Royal milk tea because they are both tasty.
Location: In supermarkets, 24/7 stores, vending machines, or restaurants in Japan.
9 Popular Soft Drink and Sweet Japanese Drinks Without Alcohol
The following part is about Japanese soft drinks or other sweet beverages suitable for all ages, from kids to adults. So if your next trip is to Japan, do not miss out on the chance to try all of them.
Rice has always been a significant ingredient in Asian lives, and Amazake is a type of drink made from fermented rice with a typical sweet taste.
This is an old-aged drink from the Kofun period (300-538 AD). But today, Amazake can be a wonderful food as it can be an ideal Japanese-style dessert, snack, smoothie, or even salad dressing.
Though it is made from fermented rice, the alcohol content in Amazake is too low, so they are considered non-alcoholic drinks, which means your children can also consume them. They have a sweet flavor, thick and milky texture.
It is a nutritious beverage with vitamins B1, B2, B6, and other nutrients. Some people use it to ease their hangovers as well. A cup of Amazake is also ideal for celebrating New Year or Girl’s day festival – Hinamatsuri.
Location: Sold in various Japan’s street vendors, festivals, or tea houses. You can buy them at small mountaintop stores as people believe Amazake can increase people’s spirit to finish their mountain-climbing trip.
Here is a short explanation to show you different styles of Amazake and their benefits.
9. Mitsuya Cider
Founded in 1884, Mitsuya Cider is a most-liked Japanese carbonated soft drink with various beverage products. However, in 1972, Asahi Soft Drinks acquired this brand.
Though these products have “cider” in their names, their flavors simply taste like Ginger Ale and Sprite soft drinks. However, it also depends on the additional fruity extracts, for example, lemon, peach, grape, etc.
In the past, all Mitsuya Ciders were sold in metal bottles, but today, they also introduce their product in PET bottles for more convenience. Luckily, the metal version is still available in numerous 24/7 stores or vending machines.
Location: Sold at many convenience shops, markets, supermarkets, or vending machines.
Have you ever drunk Mitsuya Cider? What does it taste like? This drink test will give you an answer.
Ramune is another carbonated soft drink brand that can refresh your mind (and body) on the hottest summer days. This is a product of Alexander Cemerion Sim – a pharmacist, and he introduced this drink to the public in Kobe city in 1884.
What impresses me most about this beverage is not its taste but its unique bottle design. They are Codd-neck bottles made from glass with marble sealing. To open it, you have to push the glass marble inward.
They are called marble soda as well. However, it is so easy to open or avoid the marble stop the flow, in 2006, the manufacturer already provided an easier version to enjoy this drink. But there are also other options in normal PET bottle oR cans.
The first Ramune flavor is lychee, but you can find them in other 56 flavors with different fruity tastes. So don’t forget to try this treat by Japanese street vendors. It’s no exaggeration that Ramune is a symbol of Japanese summer.
Location: Across the country via stores or vending machines. It is also the choicest drink in the warm festival.
If you plan to try Ramune someday, do not miss this instruction to show you how to open it.
11. Melon Soda
Have you ever tried melon soda before? If not, let me tell you how awesome it is. First, melon soda is one of the most consumed soft drinks in the country. You can get a couple of bottles at the vending machine or order one in any family restaurant or karaoke bar.
You can even sense the freshness from the appearance of this light green soda. They are sweet, fizzy, and chilled, making them a perfect treat to enjoy in summer.
Melon soda can also come with a scoop of ice cream on the top to make them become a delicious dessert in Japan. And I guarantee your kids (and even you) will love it right from the first taste.
Location: Sold at vending machines, in many Japanese family restaurants or karaoke bars.
12. Aloe Drinks
Another sweer drink that you would love in Japan is the aloe drink. This is flavored water, including many tiny fresh pieces of aloe vera flesh.
Apparently, aloe vera is a well-known plant with many health benefits. The antiseptic, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds have always been good components to produce skincare or hair care products.
But in Japan, they will show you another great use of this plant with aloe juice. They come in bottles that you quickly get in any Japanese store. They mostly contain a high sugar level, but there are sugar-free versions if you need a better alternative for your health.
Location: Sold at many stores in Japan.
13. Flavored Soy Milk
When it comes to Japanese milk, flavored soy milk is the choicest product with various additional flavors like coffee, chocolate, banana, strawberries, etc. But if you are looking for more Japanese-style soy milk, opt for those with Matcha, sakura, ume (plum), and sesame flavors.
In general, soy milk is the most-enjoyed milk for all ages. And do not underestimate their protein; they are as nutritious as other dairy milk and even better because soy milk is low in cholesterol.
The basic soy milk has a bean-like flavor with a creamy texture. But these are flavored ones, so their tastes are mainly based on the added extracts. There are various brand names for Japanese flavored soy milk, but Kikkoman’s most famous ones.
Location: Widely sold across Japan (in stores, markets, or beverage vending machines).
This quick taste test of various flavored soy milk types is so fun to watch.
Calpis is a renowned name for producing non-carbonated soft drinks. In 1919, Calpis Co., Ltd introduced their light beverage made from lactic acid, water, and non-fat dry milk.
Therefore, the basic taste of Calpis is slightly acidic and milky, like the flavor of yogurt or Yakult – the drinkable yogurt that I will discuss later. Recently, you can also find the carbonated product of Calpis, with Calpis water or Calpis soda.
Moreover, this drink is inspired by the Mongolian drink – Airad. This is cultured milk containing a high level of lactic acid. And Kaiun Mishima – Calpis’s founder, decided to develop the beverage based on the same ingredients.
And thanks to him, now the Japanese can enjoy the refreshing, unique, and funky drink named Calpis. They also come in various flavors, so you can have more options to choose from.
Location: At supermarkets, convenience stores, or vending machines in the country.
Is Calpis as good as you expected? This review will offer you how it tastes.
15. Japanese Fanta
I guess all of you have known about Fanta – a German-origin carbonated soft drink name with huge popularity around the world. But why are they on the list of Japanese drinks?
In fact, Japanese Fanta products are so special that you cannot find them in other countries. Orange Fanta is the most popular one, but in Japan, there are even more with numerous different flavors. Actually, you can spot more than 20 Fanta varieties in Japan.
You will be shocked (and overwhelmed) when standing in front of the Fanta product lines in many Japanese supermarkets. I am not exaggerating because I spent more than 15 minutes figuring out the nicest flavor. Turns out, they are all amazing.
Location: Beverage machines, stores, or markets.
Let’s check this Japanese Fanta review to find your ideal flavor.
16. Japanese Jelly Drink
Do you like jelly, the gelatin-based sweet treat? If yes, you should try some jelly drinks. They are everywhere in Japan and come with a small cutie package.
There are also many brands of jelly drinks in the market. They are mainly made from fruity juice with a thick consistency, offering you an interesting drink to enjoy. A huge plus of them is their convenience. You can enjoy it anywhere you want, at home, school, or even on the go.
Overall, they can be seen as a supplement drink with vitamins to increase your energy and mood, making them a perfect midday snack at work. So if you are busy people, let’s grab some and enjoy!
Location: Anywhere in Japan.
Top 9 Alcoholic Drinks In Japan To Explore
How many alcoholic Japanese drinks do you know besides Sake? Let me give you 6 other drinks to diversify your drink menu whenever you travel to Japan. Some of them even make your favorite Japanese-style foods taste better. So read on to gain more knowledge.
17. Sake (Japanese Rice Wine)
When talking about Japanese wine, Sake is always the first thing that appears in my mind. And they are best to enjoy with many mouthwatering Japanese-styled appetizers. So what is Sake?
The root of this drink is unknown, but the first alcohol drinking in Japan was from the 3rd century. Indeed, Sake is a national alcoholic beverage in Japan made from fermented rice and served in multiple types of cups.
Some of them are flat with a saucer-like look, which is called Sakazuki. If you find your wine served in a small cylindrical cup, that is Ochoko style. Or if these cups are made from wood with a box shape, this is Masu.
Currently, there are more than 1,500 Sake varieties throughout the country. And their tastes are also varied based on the rice strain and fermented process. Some versions might taste strong, while some taste umami or sweet. They can also have other notes like flowers, herbs, or fruit.
Location: In most Japanese restaurants or liquor stores.
A national drink – Sake, has a long history. Check here to learn more about it.
18. Japanese Whisky
Begun in the 1870s, the Japanese have produced whisky, and the first product was released in 1924. You can find several brands of this alcohol in Japan, but the most prominent names are Suntory and Nikka.
The 3 main variants are malt whisky, blended Whisky, and grain whisky. But when compared to other whiskies, the Japanese version is more similar to Scotch whisky.
In addition, the reputation of Japanese whiskies is not only inside the nation; their products have also received much love from other countries. Particularly, the Nikka’s Whisky Yoichi Single Malt version had won the “Best of the Best” award in 2001.
Location: Liquor stores, restaurants, bars, and clubs.
Made from distilled rice, sweet potatoes, buckwheat, and barley, Shochu is an exotic beverage with 25 to 35% alcohol. Therefore, this beverage might be stronger than Sake or wine but lighter than vodka or whiskey.
In Japanese, the word “shochu” means “burned liquor”, indicating the heating part when they are distilled. However, the exact origin of this drink is still blurry, but they claim that Shochu has been used since the 16th century.
Regarding its flavor, you can sense some earthy or nutty taste after a sip of Shochu. Moreover, the starchy ingredient in the distillation process also plays an essential role in deciding the taste of this alcohol drink.
Location: Japanese restaurants, bars, clubs, or alcohol shops.
Shochu totally deserves a try if you love drinking.
Chuhai, technically, is a Shochu base with sweet soda. And they have several flavors, like lime, pineapple, grape, ume, and more, but the most widely-used one is lemon.
The name “chuhai” is the shortened form of “Shochu highball”. They are canned alcoholic beverages. On the other hand, if you ask for a Chuhai in restaurants or bars, the alcohol volume of them is relatively low.
However, the canned ones sold in vending machines or convenience stores are higher in alcohol. Interesting, isn’t it? The best way to enjoy it is by pouring them into a tall glass or mug for individual portions. That’s why they are not a good choice for sharing, like beer or Sake.
Location: Bars, restaurants, 24/7 shops, or vending machines.
The top fruit liquor in Japan is Umeshu, so it would be a huge mistake if I did not introduce it in this post. Umeshu is the product of steeped ume (plum) in sugar and liquor. They have a light sweet and sour taste with less than 15% alcohol volume.
But the most interesting part about this wonderful drink is people can use either real fresh plum or additive plum flavor to make it. They also have many variations in the market. Or, if possible, homemade Umeshu is another great option because it is simple to do.
Umeshu is varied in serving. You can drink it cold, hot, or at room temperature. Moreover, it is a perfect ingredient to make cocktails. If you visit any Japanese-based bars, ask for an Umeshu Soda or Umeshu Tonic.
Location: Bars, clubs, restaurants, or supermarkets.
Making Umeshu is effortless. Let’s make some this weekend.
22. Happoshu (Japanese Low-Malt Beer)
Besides various famous beer brands like Kirin, Asahi, what about Happoshu? Is it a brand? No, it is not. Happoshu, in fact, is a beer-like drink with less than 67% malt – the significant element to make beer.
That’s why they taste very light compared to typical beers. Moreover, the price of Happoshu is generally lower than other beer types due to the Japanese alcohol tax. You can simply remember that the lower the level of malt, the lower the tax charge.
This is why you have many choices for this beer based on the percentage of malt content. Plus, as Happoshu includes other ingredients like starch, corn, soybeans, etc., the Japanese think they are a healthier option in place of beer.
Location: Supermarkets, stores, restaurants, or bars.
If you travel to Okinawa – a prefecture in the Ryukyu Islands, you should not miss an opportunity to try Awamori. This is indigenous alcohol made from distilled rice. There are various rice types, but the best ones to make Awamori are long-grain Indica rice and Thailand Indica rice.
In Okinawa, this drink has another name is Shima-zake, which means “island Sake”. And though Awamori is also rice-based alcohol, do not mistake them with Shochu. To produce Shochu, people have to process them in 2 fermentation times, while this beverage only requires 1 time.
On the other hand, the alcohol content in Awamori ranges from 30 to 43%, and they can continue to age in clay pots. You can enjoy Awamori with ice, or mix it with other ingredients for making cocktails.
Location: Mostly found in Okinawa – the origin place of Awamori. However, you can buy them across Japan, particularly liquor shops, restaurants, clubs, or bars.
The history of Awamori is delightful, so ensure that you will not miss this demo.
Yuzushu is a liquor made from yuzu – a special citrus fruit in Japan. However, the best way to consume yuzu is to make beverages. And thanks to the high acidity level, they are an ideal fruit to make various drinks, including this Yuzushu.
Next to various commercial Yuzushu products, many Japanese choose to make them on their own as it is not too hard to prepare. All you have to buy for making homemade Yuzushu are sugar, yuzu, and Shochu, and lay them in a clean jar.
However, it will take at least 6 months to develop the flavor. Thanks to the tangy and tart flavors, this is one of the best drinks to enjoy, along with your favorite seafood dishes.
Location: Restaurants, liquor stores, or you can make them at home.
And Other Surprising Japanese Drinks That You Should Not Miss
Let’s move to the final section, which is about various beverage styles that the Japanese also love. Some of them are very practical for different customers’ demands. So do not skip this part; otherwise, you might regret it later.
25. Japanese Non-Alcoholic Beer
Japanese people love beer, but not everyone can drink this alcoholic beverage because they can easily get drunk or tipsy. So let me give you a solution for that with Japanese non-alcoholic beer.
The first appearance of this beer type was in 2009 when Kirin Brewery company introduced their product – Kirin Free to the public. With 0.00% alcohol volume, they have become the best alternative with a similar taste as alcoholic beer.
After that, other brands started to develop this beer trend like Suntory, Sapporo, or Suntory. They are also some of the most famous names for selecting the finest non-alcoholic beer in this nation.
Location: In any Japanese restaurants, bars, supermarkets, or stores.
What does Japanese non-alcoholic beer taste like? This taste test will offer you a broader view of them.
26. Drinkable Yogurt
There are various brands of drinkable yogurt, and the most popular one might be Yakult. Indeed, Yakulk is a fantastic product to improve the probiotic, which greatly benefits your health. You can find this treat sold in various places on Tokyo streets and across Japan.
They are sold in single-serving small bottles and include 5 to 10 bottles in 1 purchase. Moreover, you can try other drinkable yogurt brands in Japan, and some of them are available in other flavors like strawberry or banana.
How about the root of this drink? Traced back to the 1930s, Japanese fermented milk to make a yogurt-flavor beverage with a less-thick texture than original yogurt, making them better to drink instead of eating.
Location: Mostly convenience stores or supermarkets in Japan, especially in Tokyo, where you can easily find Yakult.
27. Energy Drink
Speaking of Japanese energy drinks, the most well-liked names are Lipovitan and Tiovita. They usually come in 50 to 100-ml bottles, but the capability to make you feel stronger is awesome. If you are tired or stressed with the overload works, grab one and find out how it can power you.
Obviously, these energy drinks are the best friends for workaholics as they can improve their concentration, keep them awake, and boost strength.
They are also widely consumed by Japanese students during exam periods. Or, if you accidentally drank too much alcohol last night, you can consume one bottle of these energy drinks to make you feel better shortly.
Location: Many groceries or supermarkets in Japan.
How many energy drinks can you find in a 24/7 store in Japan? The answer is a lot.
28. Pocari Sweat
Pocati Sweat might be the first choice among Japanese customers when it comes to sport drinks.
Manufactured by Otsuka Pharmaceutical company in 1980, Pocari Sweat has gained popularity in Japan and other Asian or Middle Eastern countries, even Australia. This is carbonated-free with a very mild flavor and light salty.
And they work excellently to refresh your mind and supply ions and electrolytes. Pocari Sweat is the top choice of many athletes, mountain climbers, or sport enthusiasts. You can find them in ready-made PET bottles, or powder form so you can mix them with water.
Location: Commercial stores, markets, supermarkets, and beverage machines.
This review might make you want to grab a bottle of Pocati Sweat and enjoy it right away.
One of the best ways to enhance the digestion process is to eat more veggies. But suppose you are not into any fresh Japanese vegetable dishes how about drinking them?
Aojiru is created in this manner. This is a popular Japanese vegetable drink with a lot of benefits to make your stomach healthy. Countless Aojiru products in the market mainly come in powdered form, so you can mix them with water to prepare.
They are easy to drink with the tastes of kale and other kinds of veggies. In fact, if you are on a diet, this one can be your good buddy. What’s more, it can also help you prevent aging or cancer. And now you know why the Japanese have the longest life expectancy in the world, right?
Location: Sold at Grocery stores or supermarkets.
30. Canned Coffee
Busy life might keep you away from sitting in the coffee shop to enjoy a hot cup of coffee. And as Japan is a dynamic country, they prefer the quickest way to drink coffee. And that’s why canned coffee was invented.
Though Japan is an imported coffee country, they are obsessed with beverages made from this ingredient. And fortunately, the Japanese found a way to make them handier with their pre-brewed coffee that you can find anywhere in Japan.
Japan is the first place that creates canned coffee. Particularly in 1969, when UCC Ueshima Coffee company introduced this beverage to the customers. Nowadays, more and more companies sell canned coffee in Japan, like Boss Coffee, Fire, Nescafe, Roots, etc.
They are particularly available in the vending machines. You can still spend a few seconds buying them from these devices, no matter how busy you are. What’s better; you can buy heated cans in cold weather and cold cans on warm days.
Location: Various stores, supermarkets, and vending machines.
Japanese canned coffees are all delicious in their own ways.
31. Japanese Hangover Cure Drinks
The last item is the most practical drink for those who love drinking. Indeed, the Japanese always have an unexpected way of surprising other countries with their innovative products; in this case, it is the drink to cure the hangover.
Nothing worse than a hangover after a party-hard night. But with these solutions, your worries about it are gone. So, how functional are they? There are 2 main ingredients in these drinks: turmeric root extract and, surprisingly, cow liver extract.
Why cow liver? The Japanese think the combination of liver extract and vitamins (like E, B2, B15) can boost the metabolism and release the toxin after drinking. But if you are vegan, you should opt for those made from turmeric root.
These drinks are the best seller in the winter, particularly because many people want to buy them before their year-end party.
Location: Drug stores, convenience shops, supermarkets, even some bars and clubs.
Let’s Prepare A Perfect Cup Of Matcha!
As explained above, making Matcha is an art to ensure no clump is left in your cup of tea. So let me show you the best way to prepare it correctly from the first try. All you need to prepare initially are:
- Matcha powder
- Hot water
- A bamboo whisk (chasen)
- A tea bowl (Matcha chawan)
- A small tea strainer
- A small tea cup
- And a measuring ladle (chashaku)
Step 1: Use a measuring lade and scoop around 2 grams of Matcha powder and pour it into the strainer placed above the tea bowl.
Step 2: Filter the Matcha powder with a strainer to eliminate lumps and ensure a smooth result.
Step 3: Pour hot water (around 2 ounces) into the bowl with care. Allow it to cool down in 1 minute.
Step 4: Make sure your wrist is relaxed. Whisk the mixture with a bamboo chasen gently with a circular motion for smooth tea.
You can move M or V-shaped motion to foam tea. Do it in 10 to 15 seconds.
Step 5: Until you see your drink is smooth and foamy with a light green color, pour them into a small cup and enjoy.
If you want to know the best tip to make Matcha, do not skip this instruction.
What Are Your Favorite Japanese Beverages?
Finally, tell me your most-liked Japanese-based drinks, and share your first experience with them. I would love to hear all of your stories when you tried these drinks, whether they were in Japan or other countries.
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