Awamori: The Spirit of Okinawa

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Awamori is an alcoholic beverage indigenous to and unique to Okinawa, Japan. It is made from long grain rice, and is not a direct product of brewing (like sake) but of distillation.

On this episode, American mixologist Josh learns a bit more about the Okinawan spirit, including how it’s made, and teaches us how to make a simple Awamori cocktail.

Our challenge is to make our own signature cocktails, at a rooftop bar, using his instructions.

Best cocktail wins.

Teamed up with Russian dancer Maria, we make the “Canussia”:

  • 2 parts Awamori
  • 1 part grapefruit
  • 1/2 part dragonfruit
  • Egg white
  • Coffee

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Watch the episode to find out if we win…

 Episode 5. The Spirit of Okinawa / Be. Okinawa:

 

Here are some of my own photos from our Awamori & other drinking experiences:

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Handmade pottery at Chuko distillery

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Robbie, Marine, Felix, Emma, Maria

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Team Canada-Russia, UK-France, Germany-Australia

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Made from distilled rice, water, yeast and black fungus called koji

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Free awamori samples at DFS shopping centre in Naha

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Shogen at Chuko distillery

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We found a random bar at the back of a restaurant, inside of a mall around the corner from our hotel. We ended up going here on many occasions, just to hang out and grab a drink.

Here we are grabbing a quick one before heading to the beach.

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Filming at the distillery

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Pottery making at the distillery

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The boys dropped down for some random push-ups between filming

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MARE, Terrazzo Di Vista — The restaurant for the rooftop cocktail challenge

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The “Canussia”

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Felix on the rooftop

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The mess after creating the Canussia

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Sometimes you find yourself inside a yurt bar in theOkinawan mountains…

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Our favourite bartender at the mall bar

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Heading home from the mall bar

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Sipping free awamori shots at the mall

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Mr Oshiro, owner at Chuko distillery

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Maria making a clay pot

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If you look closely, those are four chair that make up a small bar stall in Naha

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Robbie

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View of the Okinawa airport from the rooftop bar

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Find the official webisodes website here
Watch all videos here

Okinawa: A Journey of Discovery
The Secret Recipe for Long Life in Okinawa
The Art of Ryukyu Dance

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3 Responses to “Awamori: The Spirit of Okinawa”

  1. Joelle Poulos
    October 13, 2014 at 6:39 am #

    Your drink looked SERIOUSLY tasty!
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    • Seattle Dredge
      October 14, 2014 at 8:31 am #

      Haha, it wasn’t the best, but it was definitely pretty :]

  2. Kelsey
    December 9, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    I love the photo of Robbie making the “O” in Okinawa! I lived on the island for almost 3 years–incredible place.

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