Japan is known for its diverse and intricate culture that exudes of discipline and refinement. The culture has seen many generations of change affect it and stabilize to give it a distinct aura. And it has permeated to every aspect of every day living including the culinary variety. With delectable delights come Japanese drinks that are as diverse as the culture from which they are born. Just like the culture which is rife with a strict way of living, so is the way drinking is appreciated. Of the many drinks available at the top of the list would be green tea. It is the most popular drink in the country after coca cola which is a force to reckon with.
Served hot or cold green tea known as o-cha has many variations to it including Genmaicha which is a light flavored tea with an added ingredient of roasted brown rice. It is also refered to as popcorn tea as the rice pops when being roasted. Matcha is a true green tea and it is taken sugarless. It is used in tea ceremonies and has a bitter, intense taste to it with prescribed health benefits too. Mugicha is another of the unique Japanese drinks that can be taken hot or cold depending on the season. It is a tea brewed from barley kernels and is now popular in tea bags.
There are many other varieties of teas but the Japanese do not only have these beverages but also have Sake which is a very popular alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice. It has a high alcohol content of about 20% which is above its peers of wine and beer by up to 6 times in some cases. Umeshu Plum wine is another of the popular Japanese drinks which is a sweet tasting liqueur made from steeping unripe plums into alcohol. Variations of it come with green tea or lime fruit additions. Many other soft and alcoholic drinks come from Japan’s rich menu for your enjoyment.