Chu-hai is one of the most popular alcoholic beverages in Japan. It is a sparkling cocktail of spirits and soda or juice. You can see a variety of canned Chu-hai in super markets and convenience stores. Chu-hai may be as much ordered as beer in Japanese-style taverns, Izakaya. The alcohol content is low at about 5 percent.
I tried a can of Chu-hai which was newly released by a major Japanese beverage maker Suntory. It was diluted by apple juice. It’s tasty. As I drank it like a soft drink, I got slightly tipsy.
By the way, compared to foreigners, Japanese tend to get drunk very easily. The reason is half of the Japanese genetically don’t have a sort of enzyme(ALDH) to digest alcohol or have only a few.