Blue Calpico Chu-Hai

Kelly Brophy, Cheu Noodle Bar | Philadelphia, PA

The traditional shochu highball, or “Chu-Hai,” is a clean no-faff favorite with izakaya-goers who want to ease their way into the night. Calpico here acts as a tart-n-creamy cheerleader, for both the gin’s botanicals and the whispered floral notes from orange blossom water. Working a touch of eye-catching blue curaçao into the equation, of course, is just fun.


Serving: 1

  • 1/4 ounce blue curaçao, preferably Bols
  • 1 ounce Calpico concentrate
  • 1 ounce green tea shochu, preferably Gyokuo
  • 1 ounce gin, preferably Bluecoat
  • 1/4 ounce lemon juice
  • Soda water

Garnish: orange blossom water, orange twist

  1. Add blue curacao to the bottom of a frosted 12-ounce mug.
  2. Combine Calpico, shochu, gin and lemon in a mixing tin and shake with ice.
  3. Pour entire shaker into frosted mug.
  4. Top with soda water.
  5. Mist with orange blossom water. Garnish with orange twist.

Tagged: calpico, shochu