Lemon Sour: Taste The Tangy Twist!

Gather lemon lovers! It’s your old pal Archie here, and I’m excited to share with you one of my favorite drink recipes that’s been a hit with summer lovers all around Japan. You know how we’re always on the lookout for something new and tasty to quench our thirst?

Well, I’ve got just the thing for you – a Lemon Sour recipe that’s sure to become a staple in your drink reputation! It’s simple, it’s refreshing, and it’s perfect for sipping on a hot summer day or anytime you need a pick-me-up.

It’s easy to make, so you don’t have to be a master mixologist to whip up a batch. Just grab some shochu (or vodka, if you’re feeling fancy), some lemon juice, and some soda water, and you’re good to go! Trust me, folks, this one’s a winner – and I’m not just saying that because I’m biased. So grab your favorite glass and let’s get mixing!”

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Lemon Sour

A Lemon Sour is a refreshing cocktail made with lemon juice, shochu or soju, and simple syrup, mixed with soda water. The drink is tangy, sweet, and citrusy, with a perfect balance of flavors. It's a popular drink in Japan and Korea, often served as a warm-weather refresher.
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course cocktail, Cocktails and Drinks
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 1 person
Calories 146 kcal


  • 1/4 cup Soju or Shochu
  • 1 tbsp Simple Sugar Syrup
  • 1/2 cup Soda Water
  • 1/2 Lemon Juice
  • Ice Cups


  • Mix the citrus and liquor together.
  • Add lemon juice and shochu (or soju) to a tall glass.
  • Add plenty of ice cubes and stir well.
  • Add soda and simple syrup. Add about a cup of soda water, then add simple syrup.
  • Taste and add more until you like the sweetness level.
  • You can skip it if you're watching your sugar intake.
  • Stir, garnish, and serve. Stir the drink gently with a swizzle stick or straw.
  • Garnish with a lemon slice or a twist of lemon peel. Serve immediately!
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Nutrition Facts:

Calories146 kcal
Carbohydrates21.3 g
Protein0.5 g

What Is A Lemon Sour In Japan?

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In Japan, a Lemon Sour is a classic cocktail made with shochu, soda water, and lemon juice, a simple yet refreshing drink.

What Is The Difference Between Soju And Shochu?

Soju, a Korean distilled spirit, is typically sweeter and has a lower alcohol content. Shochu, a Japanese distilled beverage, can be made from various ingredients like barley, sweet potatoes, or rice, resulting in diverse flavors.

Can I Add Vodka To Lemon Sour Instead Of Soju?

Yes, you can definitely add vodka. Keep in mind that the ratio of vodka to lemon juice and simple syrup will still be important to get the balance of flavors right. A good starting point might be to use 1-2 parts vodka 1 part lemon juice and 1 part simple syrup.

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