Awamori

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Awamori | Island Sake of Okinawa

Awamori | Island Sake of Okinawa

Awamori is an alcoholic beverage from Okinawa made from distilling long grain indica rice. The distilling method was derived from Thailand back in the 15th century and much of the rice used to create awamori today is also imported from Thailand. The beverage is also referred to as "shima-zake" (island sake) or "shima" for short by the people of Okinawa. Awamori is typically about 60-86 proof (30-43% alcohol) but lower alcohol level awamori is being produced for its exports to mainland Japan. Some awamori can go up to 120 proof (60% alcohol) and is flammable. Awamori is most commonly enjoyed diluted with water and on ice. It can also be enjoyed straight, on the rocks, and in cocktails.

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