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AwamoriAwamori is an alcoholic beverage unique to Okinawa, Japan. It is made from Thai rice, and is not a direct product of brewing (like sake) but of distillation (like shōchū). The most popular way to drink awamori is with water and ice. When served in a restaurant in Okinawa, it will nearly always be accompanied by a container of ice and carafe of water.

Awamori can also be drunk straight, on the rocks, and in cocktails. Another name for awamori used in Okinawa is “island sake” (shima-zake), or shima for short. In general the price of awamori increases with the beverage’s age.


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