In the West, 'tropical drinks' are normally fruity concoctions festooned with plastic monkeys and paper umbrellas. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but Japan, as usual, has its own unique take as to what constitutes a tropical drink. And there's nary a sword-skewered Maraschino cherry in sight. In sunny Okinawa -- sometimes called Japan's Caribbean -- the drink of choice is awamori, straight up or on the rocks.
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