Alcoholic Green Tea in a Can – Weirdly Gross Japanese Drinks

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One of the (many) reasons I love Japan is because it is full of all sorts of weird and interesting things. Some of these “weird things” are places, such as the Robot Restaurant or a Rabbit Cafe, others are food and drinks, such as Salty Watermelon Pepsi or Sour Pickled Plum flavored Fanta.

Basically, Japan is never boring.

One of my (many) hobbies is to try “weird Japanese things.” Recently I’ve been on a drinking binge – where once or twice a week I try out the weirdest drink I can find in a grocery store. 

This is how I discovered both Salty Watermelon Pepsi  and Sour Pickled Plum flavored Fanta (which I like). Recently, I’ve been out of luck and mostly hitting awkwardly bad drinks.

Like the alcoholic green tea in a can. 

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This alcoholic drink is a “chuhai” (supposed to be Japanese shochu or vodka with carbonated water) type…

But, well, it didn’t taste like any of the chuhais that I love.

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It was 5% alcohol. I bought it for a friend from America while she was visiting, because she LOVES green tea and was like “alcoholic green tea in a can? That sounds awesome!”

Except it wasn’t.

It tasted like watered down, stale green tea with a dash of cheap vodka.

My friend, the wonderful guest that she is, did drink the entire can. Ryosuke and I all tried it, but couldn’t stomach it…

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Apparently if you dissolve a bunch of sugar into it, it doesn’t taste “too bad.” I still thought it was nasty.

Sadly, this one is going to get a 2/10 on my scale of drinks – not a full “0” because it IS alcohol green tea in a can, which is a pretty neat novelty.

Just, you know, it’s pretty gross. Sorry. If you’re looking for delicious and weird drinks, I recommend both Salty Watermelon Pepsi and Sour Pickled Plum flavored Fanta. Or really anything else on the shelf.

About Grace Buchele Mineta

I got into the writing business by accident. Now I live in the countryside near Tokyo with my husband, Ryosuke, where I draw comics, blog, and make videos about our daily life. Contact: Website | More Posts

11 Comments on Alcoholic Green Tea in a Can – Weirdly Gross Japanese Drinks

  1. Nonsense! Green tea goes well with lots of things:

    green tea ice cream
    green tea yogurt
    green tea w/ honey

    Hmm. Maybe the bitterness of the green tea provides a good contrast with the sweetness of the ice cream/yogort/honey?

    So maybe green tea with umeshu (plum wine) or a white zinfandel will work.

  2. Man I can’t try all these weird drinks! Call us conservative, but Italians have a very clear idea of what should and SHOULD NOT be eaten and drunk. My bf always says I am boring food and drink wise, but I’d rather stick to plain water than trying this stuff. Just my opinion though, it is great you are adventurous enough to give it a shot!

    • Hahaha, thanks :)

      I grew up only drinking water (my parents were strict in not allowing juice/soda in the house). It was great because water is so healthy – but now I’m really adventuresome with “odd” food and drinks.

      You should totally try the Salty Watermelon Pepsi when it comes out!

  3. Ok, that’s one of the weirdest drinks I have ever heard of. We don’t have it in China!!

  4. The practice is fairly common across much of Asia. I believe a few years ago, when scotch was being introduced to China, they made a green tea variety to help the beverage sell.

  5. Eric Janson // 21 June, 2014 at 12:57 am //

    Pocari Sweat is not weird, but the name is off-putting. Cool idea to try something new every week!

    • Oh yeah, the name is a bit weird. I kind of forgot about that (since I drink it all the time).
      I could always to a post on drinks that have weird names but are actually delicious~

  6. I tried salty water ice cream in China, but salty watermelon drink? sounds tempting :D

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