Why you should add Mizu Shochu to your bar cart now

Mizu Shochu, a single-distilled Japanese spirit made from barley and rice, is one of our new favorites. At 70 proof, it’s reminiscent of vodka but with rich flavors of flowers, earth, tropical fruits, vanilla custard and fresh grains. 

Mizu also makes lemongrass and green tea versions with the flavor added directly to the mash before distilling. Try one on ice for a delicious, refreshing treat. 

$27. Available at The Wine & Cheese Place in Clayton

Ted and Jamie Kilgore are co-owners and bartenders at Planter's House and longtime contributors to Sauce Magazine.