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How to Drink Asian Rice Wine and Spirits with Marie Cheong-Thong, Part 1

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What a way to begin Season 7!  By attempting to tackle the category that is Asian Rice Wine and Spirits? We would be truly destined to fail if we didn’t have such a spectacular leader to guide us through.

How can I describe Marie Cheong-Thong? She is not only one of eight spirit committee members of the IWSC but also Chairman of the British Sake Association, a Council Member of the Association of Wine Educators, a member of both the Circle of Wine Writers and the Guild of Food Writers, Educator on Asian Rice wine and spirits at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and so much more – including my friend and our guest today. You can find here at The Larder at 36.

I cannot think of anyone better to be our leader as we head into this massive category. Think of this episode of Asian Drinks 101 – at a glance! 

Here are some of the links we talked about:

Cocktail of the Week: the Grapefruit Chuhai

How to Make the Grapefruit Chuhai 

Grapefruit Chuhai

Mix up a Grapefruit Chuhai with our recipe, blending shochu, grapefruit juice, and soda for a refreshing and citrusy Japanese cocktail.
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Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktails
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 1
Calories 48 kcal


  • 1 measure of your favourite Shochu
  • 1/2 Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • Soda water
  • Grapefruit slice


  • Fill your glass with ice
  • Add 1 measure of your favourite Shochu
  • Add 1/2 Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • Then top with soda water 
  • Stir gently
  • Garnish with a piece of grapefruit


Serving: 1gCalories: 48kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 1gSodium: 32mg
Keyword Grapefruit, Grapefruit Chuhai, shochu
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