Shochu Cocktail Recipe: Shiso Highball

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5 from 13 votes

Shiso Highball

A classic Japanese highball recipe that is uplifted by the crisp freshness of Nankai Shochu and a fragrant hint of shiso.
Prep Time1 minute
Cook Time3 minutes
Total Time4 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Cocktail
Keyword: cocktail, highball, shiso, shochu
Servings: 1
Calories: 70kcal


  • 1.5 oz Nankai Shochu
  • 3 oz Club Soda
  • 5 Shiso Leaves
  • ¼ oz Simple Syrup


  • Add shiso and simple syrup to the botton of a highball glass.
  • Press gently with a muddler.
  • Add ice, Nankai, and club soda.
  • Stir briefly, and garnisg with a short shiso sprig and straw.


Calories: 70kcal

Shiso Highball, a simple twist on a Japanese classic cocktail

Highballs are the quintessential way to enjoy Japanese shochu. In fact, it’s so popular that there’s a slang term for it: Chu-Hi, or shoCHU HIghball. Carey Jones and John McCarthy of BeYourOwnBartender featured the Nankai shiso highball version in Food and Wine Magazine.

If you’d like to try Nankai Shochu and this cocktail, check out our Store Locator page for help finding Nankai near you or an online partner that might ship to you.