SOME FACTS ABOUT JAPANESE SAKE AND SHOCHU お酒の豆知識
We focused on the traditional ways of drinking it in Kyūshū
-First of all, in the case of “Imojōchū” (potato shōchū) we suggest to mix it with water a day before drinking it to emphasize its taste.
-Older premium shōchū should be enjoyed straight. In the case of young shōchū with high alcoholic content, please drink it fresh from the fridge and straight.
-“mizu wari” (water dilution) can be applied to all kinds of shōchū. First pour the drink, then the water and mix.-“rokku” (on the rocks) is the most suitable way to drink fresh tasting and light varieties of shōchū. Pour it into a glass half full of ice cubes.
-“oyu wari” (hot water dilution). Pour hot water and then your shōchū. Wait for some minutes before enjoying the soft and relaxing feeling offered by this combination.
Why “a little something to drink is the best medecine”…
A moderate quantity of alcohol improves your blood circulation and increases your appetite. Moreover it gets rid of your stress by removing your mental restraints. According to recent surveys it seems that 60% of people over one hundred years old enjoy some alcoholic drinks every day.
But the appropriate quantity is very important!
It varies a lot among people but in general:
360 ml of Japanese (2 gō)
2 double whiskeys
2 medium bottles of beer (700ml)
How about preventing mental illnesses with wine?
If you drink one and a half glass of wine per day your memory will recover and there is a strong possibility that you will not be affected by Alzheimer`s and Parkinson`s diseases, which are caused by structural changes in your brain cells. This is what a team of researchers from the University of Milan maintains in a study published in 2009 on the English scientific journal New Scientist. According to them, grapes and wine contain a great quantity of a chemical substance capable of increasing by seven times the activity of the enzyme responsible for stimulating and revivify your neural cells.
The substance, called Resveratrol, has been seen lengthening the hand-shaped parts that connect a brain cell to another.
As said above, results can be obtained by drinking one and a half glass of wine a day.
…We often hear that wine is good for our health, don`t we? And doesn’t it make women more beautiful by helping …their bowel movements? (*blush*)