Definition of shochu in US English:



  • A rough Japanese liquor distilled from any of various ingredients, including sake dregs.

    • ‘If you're not in the mood for a sake or a saketini - made with sake and shochu and graced with a spear of prettily cut cucumber - you can bring your own bottle for a $10 corkage fee.’
    • ‘Aside from all the sakes (brought to the table in pointy bamboo beakers), you can also dizzy yourself with shochu, the fierce Japanese vodka drink, which is newly in vogue in Tokyo.’
    • ‘While it may be best known for flawless Japanese food, and as the natural habitat of international celebrities, we're more interested in the wonderful sake and shochu cocktails.’
    • ‘Went in to give notes feeling rather badly hungover from all the shochu (sweet-potato vodka) that I drank last night.’
    • ‘Then he developed a taste for shochu, a type of white rum made from sugar cane, which contains 40% alcohol.’
    • ‘But with a few inside me I suddenly feel the urge to be more Japanese and thus start shouting for sake, or if I'm really drunk, shochu, which is poor man's paint stripper from southern Japan.’


From Japanese shōchū.