Wednesday, February 09, 2011

It's Soju Cocktail Hour: The So-milk

Lighter and just a tad sweeter than vodka, rice-based soju lends itself well to mixing. Koreans usually drink soju solo, taking shots of it over a long, social meal. Sometimes, locals drop a soju shot into a glass of beer, creating what they call a so-mek. So for soju; mek for mekju, the Korean word for beer. Shane's drank a couple at the invitation of our school's head honcho. 

I have a weak stomach, not able to take it straight up. This reality, combined with soju's ridiculous inexpensiveness (about $1.00 for a sixteen ounce bottle), has led us to some sweet soju experimentation that we'll share with you in a series of posts. 

Straight from our kitchen, soju cocktail recipe number one:

The So-milk
 soju + Milkis soda

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This cocktail is a great choice for folks who like to drink, but don't like the taste of alcohol, as the soda covers the soju's taste. Simple but deliciosa. Creamy but packing a punch. I could drink this for days, especially sweltering summer days on the beach. Can't wait for those.


  1. One of my favorite things to do is use fresh fruit in cocktails. Recently, my obsession has been TY KU Soju, Muddled watermelon and blueberries and a splash of club soda. I will have to use my ty ku to try this recipe as well!

  2. I really like the drinks .. especially from Korean soju ... Soju is a Korean distilled beverage. Most brands of soju produced in South Korea. Although the raw materials of traditional soju is rice, most manufacturers of soju wear additives or substitutes such as rice potatoes, wheat, barley, sweet potato, or tapioca (dangmil). This clear colorless beverages with alcohol content that varies, ranging from 20% to 45% alcohol by volume (ABV). The most common alcohol levels for soju is 20% ABV.

  3. Thank you for your comments!
    The watermelon cocktail sound delicious.
    Thanks for the Soju facts! Always love to learn more.

  4. I have an hour until Midnight on NYE. I have made the decision to celebrate with Soju. I won't lie, I expected more ideas out here... I will let you know what I come up with. :)