Today I’d like to introduce you to Subak Soju (or Soju watermelon cocktail as I like to call it), a very popular cocktail in Korean bars in America that you can easily make at home. It’s made with soju, which is the #1 distilled beverage in Korea but not well known to the rest of the world. If you can’t find it, you can substitute it with vodka. Whichever method you use, the ratio of soju to blended watermelon is 1:1. People love the floating ice and the delicious watermelon in this drink – it’s sweet, cold, and very refreshing. But be careful! It tastes very fruity but there’s a lot of alcohol inside! Soju is a clear distilled alcohol with a hint of sweetness. I’m pretty sure most of you would love it, I sure do even though I find it quite strong.
INGREDIENTS 2 small seedless watermelons, kept in the fridge 2 bottles of soju, kept in the fridge (about 4 cups worth)
2 cups of ice cubes
Cut off the top of watermelon. Scoop the flesh out with a spoon and put it in a blender. Set aside the watermelon bowls. Blend the watermelon flesh for 1 minute, until smooth. Set a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl and pour the blended watermelon through it. Press down with a spoon to strain it well. Discard the pulp. Remove the foam from the top with a spoon.
Measure 4 cups of blended watermelon juice and put it into a pitcher. Add 4 cups of soju and mix well. Pour the mixture into the watermelon bowl and add ice cubes. Serve soju watermelon cocktail cold with a green onion pancake.