Shochu is a spirit coming to us from Japan and is the big brother of sake. Like sake, this liquor is usually made from rice, buckwheat or barley, but instead of fermenting it, it’s distilled to give us about a 25% liquor. We’re seeing this spirit pop up around town, and we’re ready to stand in line for this shot at Street’s Fine Chicken.
To make this off-menu cocktail a bit more offbeat, they add chicken stock to the shochu, then round it out with lemon, ginger and pepper. We’ll call it the Japanese Hot Toddy.
The Flu Shot ($7): Shochu, chicken stock, lemon, ginger, pepperThis cocktail is available by request year-round.
Street’s Fine Chicken, 3857 Cedar Springs Road (Cedar Springs)