Monday, April 13, 2015

Daikaya Introduces Shōchū Cocktails for Spring

From our friends at Daikaya...

Daikaya, the popular izakaya & ramen shop by Partners Daisuke Utagawa, Yama Jewayni and Executive Chef/Partner Katsuya Fukushima, is pleased to unveil a collection of shōchūcocktails crafted by Beverage Director Jamie MacBain. Four springtime libations will be added to the menu beginning April 13th, and they will be available throughout the spring and summer months exclusively in the 90-seat izakaya.

Shōchū is a clear, Japanese spirit distilled from ingredients that contain natural sugars such as barley, sweet potatoes, buckwheat, or rice. In Japan, shōchū is often mixed with hot water, oolong tea and fruit juices such as orange, peach and grapefruit. Health conscious consumers prefer shōchū over other forms of alcohol because it’s low in calories (roughly 15-20 calories per ounce.)

New signature shōchūcocktails for spring include the Mothra, Awamori, Lillet Rose and orange bitters, garnished with an expressed orange zest; Goku, Ichiko, goji berry syrup and lemon juice; Ninkyo Dantai, Mizu, Cocchi Americano Rosa, Gran Classico Bitter and Palo Cortado sherry, garnished with a lemon zest, as well as the Hanami, persimmon-infused green tea shōchū, lemon juice, honey syrup and Lindera Farms persimmon vinegar, topped with a salted cherry blossom foam. The new spring cocktails are priced from $11 to $13 each.

Daikaya is located at 705 6th Street, NW, 20001, close to the Gallery Place Metro station. The fall hours are as follows: Ramen Shop (First Floor) serves Sunday and Monday 11:30 AM to 10 PM; Tuesday and Thursday 11:30 AM to 11 PM; and Friday and Saturday 11:30 AM to 12:00 AM. The Izakaya (second floor) takes reservations at and is open Sunday from 11:30 AM to 3 PM for brunch and Monday through Friday 11:30 AM to 2 PM for lunch. For dinner, the izakaya is open Sunday and Monday 5 PM to 10 PM; Tuesday through Thursday 5 PM to 11 PM; and Friday and Saturday 5 PM to 11:30 PM. The izakaya bar is open for one hour after the kitchen is closed, but may remain open longer (until last call) if needed.

Private parties and larger groups must be booked through the General Manager Joe Volpe at For more information please visit or or call (202) 589-1600.