Bottoms Up! These Are The Different Chuhai Flavors

Take a break from soju.

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We all know and love the green-tinted bottles of soju that come from Korea, but if you want to try another popular boozy drink that's just as good (some would argue that it's better), check out Japan's shochu, a distilled liquor akin to vodka. A popular shochu drink that's been doing the rounds on social media is called chuhai, a canned beverage that combines shochu (or vodka) and flavored carbonated water.

Like soju, chuhai is also available in several flavors. If you're curious what the different flavors are, this guide will give you an idea of what the different chuhai lines and flavors are:

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Kirin Hyouketsu 

Kirin's Hyouketsu is also referred to as the Kirin Freeze, as it is the English translation of the word Hyouketsu. They have it in a wide range of fruity flavors with the ABV ranging from 3% to 5%, but there are other flavors, like the Unsweetened Lemon that has a 7% ABV.

Flavor: Amaou Strawberry, Chardonnay Sparkling, Grapefruit, Mikan Orange, Peach, Pineapple, Plum, Sicilian Lemon, Sour Lemon, Unsweetened Lemon, and Winter Citrus.

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Kirin Strong

Kirin Strong chuhai has a lot more alcohol content than the Hyouketsu line. These drinks have an ABV of 9%, with the exception of the Sour Lemon that only has a 7% ABV (note: the Sour Lemon Strong is still relatively higher than its Freeze version which only has a 4% ABV). 

Flavor: Grapefruit, Lime, Peach, Sicilian Lemon, Sour Lemon, and Sparkling Grape.

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Kirin Strong Prime Sour

Kirin's Strong Prime Sour is a line of chuhai that has a 9% ABV, which is higher than the usual ABV of beer but lower than the usual ABV of soju. 

Flavors: Cola, Dry, Grapes, Lemon, Ramune Soda, and Sour Yoghurt.

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Kirin Travel

Kirin's Travel chuhai series is inspired by drinks in other parts of the world. It's perfect for adventurous drinkers, too! 

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Flavors: Barcelona Apple & Orange, Havana Mojito Lime, Hawaiian Pineapple, Hong Kong Lychee, Mexican Lemon Cola, Santorini Yogurt Peach, and Venetian Peach Amore.

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Sapporo Chu-Hi 99.99

Sapporo's Chu-Hi is a vodka-based chuhai that uses 99.99% pure vodka as its base and non-sweet flavors. This particular line of chuhai is said to target men in their 40s as it does not explore all the sweeter, fruitier flavors other chuhai have. 

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Flavors: Clear Green Lime, Lime, and Lemon.

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Suntory Horoyoi

If you're a lightweight drinker, you should start with Suntory's Horoyoi! The chuhai included in this line all have an alcohol content of 3%, so it's light enough that you can mix it with other alcoholic beverages, too.

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Flavors: Mixed Fruit, Peach, Red Grape, Strawberry, White Grape, and White Sour.

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Suntory -19°C Strong Zero

Suntory's -196°C Strong Zero is the brand's most popular line of chuhai. These drinks are made by freezing fruits in liquid nitrogen at -196°C, which is said to lock in the flavor from the fruit. Once it's frozen, it's pulverized and soaked in alcohol. According to the Suntory website, this particular line of drinks has less sugar, too, as it does not exceed 0.5 grams of sugar per 100 milliliters.

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Flavors: Acerola Cherry, Apple, Bitter Lemon, Bitter Lime, Calamansi, Double Apple, Double Lemon, Double Melon, Dry, Grape, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Melon, Peach Pineapple, Plum, Shekwasha, White Sour, and Triple Grape.

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