Awamori is a distilled drink made from rice characteristic of Okinawa.
Awamori is not brewed like sake (rice wine) but distilled like vodka or Japanese shochu, thus making it more pure and potent usually bottled at around 30–43% alcohol.
Awamori is made from Thai-style, long-grained Indica crushed rice as opposed to short-grained Japonica rice normally harvested on the Japanese mainland.
Awamori supposedly originates from Okinawan trade contacts with Thailand in the 16th-17th centuries.
Awamori is drunk straight, on the rocks with ice or mixed with water.
Like whisky, awamori can improve with age and its price rises for kept bottles.
Habushu (ハブ酒) is a variant of awamori where a poisonous habu snake is introduced into the bottle of awamori via various means. Habushu is supposedly a liquid alternative to viagra, promoting male sexual stamina, as the male habu snake seems to be able to sustain coitus for a very long time.
Awamori is available virtually everywhere in Okinawa from one cup in convenience stores to awamori stores on Kokusai Dori in Naha.
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