Awamori Sour

Awamori is the oldest distilled liquor in Japan and unique to Okinawa. It is also known as Shima-zake (Island Sake), made from rice like sake but instead distilled. It’s clean and crisp taste makes it perfect as a cocktail base and pairing with japanese flavours. I’ve decided to pair it with some yuzu juice and turn it into what I’m calling an ‘Awamori Sour’.


  • 30ml of Ryukyu Bijin Awamori @japan_helios, available from @danmurphys
  • 30ml of yuzu juice
  • 30ml of simple syrup
  • Dash of angostura bitters
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 egg white

  1. Grab the glass you wish to serve your cocktail in and fill it with ice to chill whilst you prepare your cocktail.
  2. Place the awamori, yuzu juice, egg white dash of bitters and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Close the lid and give it a ‘dry shake’ for 10 seconds.
  3. Then add in your ice and shake again until the exterior of the shaker is ice cold.
  4. Strain and pour into your Margarita glass.
  5. Tip out your ice in the glass and then using a strainer, pour your cocktail into the glass until the foam hits the top.
  6. Garnish with a few drops of bitters on top of the foam and create little love hearts by gently pulling a skewer or toothpick through the centre of each drop of bitters. Alternatively you can also swish the toothpick around to create more of a marbled pattern.
  7. Enjoy!

Watch the process


Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published