Soju Makgeolli. Photo from @kellyhomechef
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9 super easy soju cocktail recipes to introduce you to Korea’s favorite liquor

From soju bombs to soju mojitos, these mixed drinks show you how to play bartender at home while bingeing on Korean food and K-drama. By KYLE DE DIOS AND JODY MACKUN (FOR BOOKY)

Based on the Top 10 shows on Netflix, it’s safe to assume pretty much most of us are marathoning the most popular K-dramas we can find. While watching, we’re munching on Korean snacks or ordering Korean food for delivery and enjoying it all with copious swigs of soju.

As Korea’s most popular alcoholic drink, this clear liquor is usually distilled from grains like rice, wheat, or barley and comes in different flavors in those now-familiar green bottles. Soju is readily available in the Philippines at most any convenience store and Korean grocery.

With way too many K-drama scenes featuring the characters drinking soju, we can’t help but use soju to mix into our favorite flavored drinks. Try out these 9 soju cocktails recipes with common ingredients you probably have at home.


Melona-Ju/Soju Melona

To satisfy your ice cream cravings at night, whip out that Melona popsicle you’ve got in the freezer, and stir it into your soju and Sprite. You can also blend it to make into a frozen cocktail.

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1 or 2 shots soju

Melona ice cream popsicle


Some ice (optional)

Mash the popsicle and mix with soju and Sprite in a glass. Or use a blender to blend all the ingredients together until the mixture reaches a slushie consistency.


Soju Yakult

This is where the whole soju cocktail craze began. This no-hassle drink is perfect for a lazy evening at home or to enjoy with friends and family.

Photo from @gajaph

2 shots soju

2 shots Yakult or Korean yogurt

Sprite (optional)


Soju Bomb

Want to go from zero to 100 real quick? Looking for a quick way to get that buzz on? The answer is a soju bomb, also called somaek, the perfect drink when catching up with friends, even virtually. The recipe is simple: mix together 2 shots of soju with a half glass of your beer of choice.

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Energizer Soju

This soju mix is ready to get you feeling like the life of the party during your next barkada Zoom conference. All it takes is 2 shots of soju with equal amounts of Red Bull and Gatorade.

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Lemon Soju

You can treat yourself and your family to this delicious (and wholesome) soju mix. Refreshing and invigorating, it feels almost as innocent as a mimosa.

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4 shots soju

1/2 cup lemon juice

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup warm water

1 cup seltzer water

lemon slices

In a pitcher, mix all the ingredients. Keep chilled until ready to serve in a glass filled with ice.


Soju Makgeolli

Imagine yourself in a tiny pub in Seoul with this drink in hand. It’s the ultimate Korean cocktail that brings together two traditional Korean liquors, soju and makgeolli, a milky rice wine with a slightly sweet and tangy taste.

Photo from @kellyhomechef

2 shots soju

3 shots makgeolli

ice cubes

apple slices and cubes


Soju Cider

This is simply the freshest and simplest drink you can ask for while chilling by yourself, preferably while reading a book or streaming on Netflix.

Photo from @charsuenyc

2 shots soju

250 ml sparkling apple cider

ice cubes

your choice of fruit (plum, pear, apple, etc.)

Mix the ingredients together and serve with ice. If you want to take it up a notch, you can chop the fruit and freeze in an ice cube tray.


Soju Mojito

This flirty mix is meant to impress anyone you’re serving it to (or anyone viewing your Instagram stories)! It’s for when you want to pretend you’re ordering from a bar, and a Soju Yakult just won’t cut it.

2 shots soju

1 small lime cut in half (keep extra for garnish)

2 sprigs fresh mint (keep extra for garnish)

1 teaspoon coconut sugar


Soju Sunrise

When you’re feeling fancy, this sassy drink is sweet and refreshing at the same time, and it’s not bad on the eyes either.

2 shots soju

300 ml orange juice

ice cubes

orange slice, lime slice, and mint sprig (for garnish)


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