You HAVE TO Try These Soju Mixes!
Updated: Oct 29, 2020
Soju is an incredibly versatile drink. Wines go best with a romantic meal or a formal event, beers are associated with relaxation, and hard liquor has historically been used for parties and getting drunk. Soju, on the other hand, can go with any meal, at any event, with any number of people, and everyone can participate in the fun.
As shown in many Korean dramas made popular by the Hallyu wave, Soju packs a punch with 20-24% alcohol by volume, and is an excellent companion for creative drinking games [link to drinking games article] Aside from the games, Soju can be easily mixed with different commonly-found drinks to make a quick cocktail, explained below!
When combined with other alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, Soju makes some unique cocktails. Some of the easiest Soju cocktails to make with 3 ingredients or less are:
Somaek, a combination of “Soju” and “Maekju” (Beer), is one of the easiest cocktails to make and enjoy. The ratio of beer to Soju can also be altered easily depending on how strong you want the drink to be.
For beginners, a ratio of 1 (Soju) : 9 (Beer) would make a cocktail smooth enough for a good buzz. Heavier drinkers can even try a 1:1 ratio, if they can handle it.
Upgrade: Some people add cola to their Soju and beer, making a cojinganmak. Cola gives the drink a new fizzy dimension and it will taste like a completely different drink! For a deadly sweet concoction, 1 (Soju) : 1 (Beer) : 1 (Cola) will be super effective in masking the bitter alcohol taste. For those who like the taste of alcohol, pour 1 shot glass of cola and Soju into a glass, and fill the rest up with beer.
Yoghurt Soju is made with a mix of Yakult (a sweet probiotic drink), with Soju and sprite. Depending on your preferences, sprite can be substituted for any sparkling soft drink. The milky texture of Yakult balances the Soju, and the sprite's fizziness cuts through the cocktail.
Yoghurt Soju is usually enjoyed in a ratio of 2 (Sprite) : 1 (Soju) : 1 (Yakult).
Adapted from the traditional Vodka screwdriver, Soju can be added to any kind of orange juice, although minute maid is the most popular choice for Koreans.
Subak Soju (Watermelon Soju)
The freshness and subtle sweetness of a watermelon fruit goes well with Soju, especially when blended together. Blend watermelon and Soju together in a 1 : 1 ratio and enjoy it with ice! Some people blend it together with ice to experience a refreshing, crunchy treat.
With all these simple, delicious cocktails, it’s no wonder young people love experimenting with different ways to drink Soju and have fun with it!