Gari Gari-kun Sour
50ml shochu, 1 gari gari kun popsicle, soda water
On top of frothy draft beers and crisp sake, Japan also consumes a staggering amount of shochu in the form of lemon sours. The fizzy beverage is a refreshing, fruity accompaniment to just about anything, but there are a few other variations of this izakaya staple you might not have tried yet. The ubiquitous gari gari kun popsicle, a warm weather favourite and one of the most budget-friendly treats at the konbini, also makes for a fantastic shochu mixer. Stick one into a tall glass, add 50ml of shochu, top with soda water, and you’ve got yourself a gari gari kun sour.